Wednesday, November 12, 2008


The military has been back and forth on embracing online activity for the troops. After banning YouTube and many social networking sites from use by active duty service men and women, they responded to the vacuum with DOD Live, the "unofficial" Pentagon blog, without much fanfare.

Now, it seems some independent companies have been pulled in to give troops a way to connect not only with those at home, but with each other with TroopTube.

The platform, very similar to YouTube, was developed by a small start up company outside of DOD circles, and allows military gatekeepers to account for matters of national security and troop safety, while maintaining the community exchanges, doing for service people what YouTube has done for politics: documenting the experience.

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