Is Your College Using Twitter?

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Facebook remains the top social media site on the internet with more than 300 million users, nearly equaling the entire population of the United States. Off in the distance is Twitter, a site with approximately 50 million users, many of whom also use Facebook.

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TwitterLots of colleges are making good use of Facebook, but are they submitting their tweets via Twitter too? Well, yes and no – it appears that some colleges are actively tweeting while others are registered and not making too many updates. Of course, there are many more who aren’t on Twitter in the first place which is a shame because Twitter is an excellent place for micro-blogging.

I recently surveyed Twitter through my three not-so-secret accounts to see who in academia is following me. I regularly send up tweets on behalf of this site through one, two or all three accounts, occasionally getting followed by college administrators who are usually happy when their school get a mention on this site and tweeted about on Twitter.

College Tweets

In my travels I have found the following Twitter users and the colleges that they represent. Take a look at the following sample along with my comments

@smithcollege – Yes, Smith is the largest of the Seven Sisters a point that the Northampton, MA notes in their profile. Active tweeters with more than 1200 followers and nearly 1300 tweets.

@centennialcollege – A community college based in Toronto, Centennial has 239 follower, but they don’t follow anyone. More than 200 tweets so far.

@alleghenycol – This Meadville, PA school is active with more than 750 followers and about 850 tweets. Good info about what is going on in and around campus.

@AmherstCollege – The Massachusetts liberal arts college offers a good mix of tweets, shouting out to other Amherst fans as well as doing a good job of explaining in 140 characters or less what is going on at the school.

@MeredithCollege – Nearby to me in Raleigh, NC is Meredith College, a school for women whose page has only been updated twice so far this month.

@boycecollege – Billing itself as “the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky,” Boyce appeared to be active with Twitter early on but as of this writing their last tweet was on September 17th.

@AlbrightCollege – The Pennsylvania school offers a smattering of tweets, nothing intense, with a small base of followers.

@washcoll – Though Washington College has only a tiny presence on Twitter, I like that they “shout out” to students, friends and alumni who tweet by listing their Twitter links on their website.

@UnionCollegeKy – Not too many updates from this Kentucky school which boasts its 1:1 teacher/student ratio on its website.

@newpaltz – Updated frequently, SUNY New Paltz seems to have gotten a good handle on what Twitter is all about. Plenty of school news including class info, campus news, local stuff and more. With more than 500 followers, you have to think that quite a few New Paltz students are followers.

It has been said that college aged students aren’t taking to Twitter as much as they are to Facebook. This is understandable. However, schools could make better use of microblogging by frequently updating their site, customizing their home page, adding a helpful profile, following and being followed and sharing a variety of information about what is going on in and around campus.

Feel free to include your college tweet here or add your thoughts about how colleges can make the most out of using Twitter.

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