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Online Community

The Memorial Fund’s online community includes a lot more than our website. We are now using a variety of social media tools to reach out to — and hear back from — our friends and supporters. Check out our blog. Become a fan on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter. And watch our latest videos on You Tube.

Links to these social media sites can be found on every page of our website. For those of you who are new to the world of social media, this page explains what these tools are and offers tips on how you can get involved. We hope you join, and enjoy, our online community. 

What is a blog?

A blog, or weblog, is an interactive online journal where people record events, thoughts and perspectives for others to read and answer. Different blogs are about different things – cupcakes, sports, politics, neighborhoods, you name it. See what Blogger says.

NLEOMF is Blogging!

The NLEOMF blog is about supporting law enforcement and about telling its story while giving you an inside look from the Memorial Fund. We post perspectives on events, ceremonies, etc., as written blog entries, videos and photo slideshows. On the NLEOMF blog you’ll get a much more personal look at the people we respect, honor and remember.

Do I have to join the NLEOMF Blog to participate?

No, not at all. Anyone can just click into the NLEOMF blog to read about what’s happening, and post and respond to comments. In addition to the Memorial Fund’s blog, the National Law Enforcement Museum has a blog as well. Go ahead and try them both.

What is Facebook?

Facebook is an international network of more than 100 million users that allows people to create personal profiles about themselves to share with the world. Facebook is all about interacting with others, and showing what you support, care about, and love to do. See Facebook's Page.

Memorial Fund loves Facebook!

Facebook is a great place for non-profits to really connect with the people they support, and who support them. With a variety of tools at our disposal, we have created a Law Enforcement Memorial Profile page, an NLEOMF Fan page, an NLEOMF Group page, a National Law Enforcement Museum page and are also connected through Cause Pages created by other FB users who want to support us.

In March, 2009, the Law Enforcement Memorial Profile page hit the Facebook limit on number of friends, making it to 5,000 friends. Because of the limit, the best way to interact with NLEOMF on Facebook is to join our Fan page, which looks and operates just like the Profile page.

Do I have to join Facebook to participate?

To some extent, yes. You have to set up a Facebook profile to view NLEOMF’s Profile and Fan pages, and to participate in them by posting comments and getting automatic status updates. However, you can view NLEOMF's Group page even if you are not a Facebook user or are not logged in. But the best way to get engaged is to join!

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a micro-blogging site that allows you to see what people are saying at every moment. Users can search messages, known as tweets, to find friends with similar tastes and interests. Over 15,000 messages (limited to 140 characters), known as “tweets” are sent each minute. As Twitter says on its website: it’s an “exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”

Connect with us on Twitter - @NLEOMF!

The NLEOMF Twitter page is very useful — to us, and to you. We use Twitter to send out updates and information in real time to everyone who has elected to “follow” us, keeping you up-to-date on what’s happening as soon as we know about it. Twitter is especially useful during important events such as National Police Week and other ceremonies at the Memorial.

Twitter lists, re-tweets, hashtags (i.e. #NPW09), @replies, and direct messages are all ways you can stay in touch with us but more importantly, we can communicate and connect individually with you.

Twitter on your phone

Receive tweets directly to your phone so you always get the latest information from the NLEOMF. Find out how.

Do I have to join Twitter to participate?

Yes and no. You can always view what we’re saying, but to post a response, “re-tweet,” or get our Twitter updates, you have to join Twitter. It’s simple and easy – try it out!

What is YouTube?

YouTube is a free video broadcasting website that allows people to upload and watch original videos. YouTube allows non-profits to set up their own YouTube channels to share information and video about what they’re doing with interested supporters all over the world. As YouTube says, “As more people capture special moments on video, YouTube is empowering them to become the broadcasters of tomorrow.”

The NLEOMF YouTube channel

We have been uploading and sharing video from ceremonies, events and important moments on TheNLEOMF YouTube channel since the summer of 2008. We share video we upload on YouTube on the NLEOMF blog, on Twitter, and on our Facebook pages, and we get to watch and share other people’s video too.

Do I have to join YouTube to participate?

Not at all. You can view video at any time by just going to our YouTube channel, TheNLEOMF.

What is foursquare?

According to the website, "Foursquare is a mobile application that makes cities easier to use and more interesting to explore. It is a friend-finder, a social city guide and a game that challenges users to experience new things, and rewards them for doing so. Foursquare lets users "check in" to a place when they're there, tell friends where they are and track the history of where they've been and who they've been there with."

Check In and Become Mayor

Find our two Foursquare locations:  National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Visitors Center, or National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Mayor special: 15% off at National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Visitors Center for Mayor. 400 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Do I have to join Foursquare to participate?

Yes. Join now at www.foursquare.com. You can also use your Facebook account to login to Foursquare.

What is Flickr?

Flickr is "the best way to store, sort, search and share your photos online. Flickr helps you organize that huge mass of photos you have and offers a way for you and your friends and family to tell stories about them."

NLEOMF Photo Streams

Flickr is the best and only site the NLEOMF uses to store photos online. Browse our sets to find photos organized by date and share photos with your friends and family.

Do I have to join Flickr to participate?

Yes and no. Flickr does not require membership to view photos, but it is required to add the NLEOMF as a contact, send us messages, or share photos with us.