Social Media and Our Guiding Principles
The rise o social media and social networking in recentyears has had signiicant and widespread eects on howmembers o our ellowship interact with one another. NAmembers have posed many questions about how our prin-ciples can be applied to these social networking tools, andthis topic generated an extended discussion at the 2010World Service Conerence. This service pamphlet providesa synthesis o some o the points that arose rom thatdiscussion, along with members’ input and best practicesrelated to social networking. Our goal is not to endorse orencourage the use o social media or any particular socialnetworking resource; we are simply responding to thereality that many members do utilize these resources andalso to the many requests or guidance and insight on howto use social media responsibly in light o our tradition o anonymity.While our Eleventh Traditionspeciically addresses our pres-ence “at the level o press, radio,and ilms,” the principles o thistradition can be applied to manyother levels o engagement withthe public. For a coworker or am-ily member who knows nothingabout NA, our behavior in onlineorums may be the only exampleo NA they encounter. Our ownpersonal activity on social networking sites, especially ourinteractions with other members on these sites, can say agreat deal about who we are as a ellowship. This servicepamphlet is meant to oer some clariication on applyingour guiding principles and help members make inormeddecisions when using social media and social networkingsites. This pamphlet is not meant to cover all orms o elec-tronic communication, such as email, online meetings ordiscussion boards, personal websites or blogs. For urther
Anonymity isessential in preserving thestability of our fellowship,making personal recovery possible.
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