With General Petraeus’ progress report on Iraq almost upon us, it’s time to revisit the propaganda war (and our military’s lack of success therein).
Last year Tom Blumer wondered why CENTCOM’s news releases weren’t showing up in key places online. I suggested solutions and followed up on Tom’s excellent work. Since then, CENTCOM has taken some steps to put out some news feeds and make them available online, but their publicity effort’s still woefully lacking.
Enough dilly-dallying. I dug around CENTCOM’s site, found 5 feeds, and did their public affairs work for them … and it took me all of 45 minutes.
Those five feeds are now hooked into several search engines and feed-publicizing web services, so whenever CENTCOM posts a new item, everyone will know. Google Blog Search, My Yahoo, Technorati, Bloglines, Apple’s iTunes, Syndic8, FeedBlitz … it’s all covered. You can even subscribe to any feed by e-mail, if you want.
Here are the five feeds:
Please spread the word far and wide. I’m only one voice.
9/6 Update: If you don’t know what a “feed” is (nor why you should care) here’s a one-page answer.