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Twitter at UniSA?

February 26, 2009

twitter Pictures, Images and PhotosWe have dipped our toes, and are starting to get our feet wet into the sea that is social media with accounts on Flickr, YouTube, Facebook and blogging but are yet to delve into Twitter. At least I think so as I’m unaware of any UniSA specific Twitter accounts. Updated: UniSA are now on Twitter.

There are myriad uses for Twitter, but first of all, what is it?

Twitter is a micro-blogging platform which allows 140 character status type updates and a very quick way of getting the news out there. When the plane crashed into the Hudson River people were Twittering about it before news reports happened. It was also an immediate way of finding out what was happening with the Victoria bushfires.

As a regular reader of social media type blogs, and others, Twitter is mentioned a lot and while I can’t find out how many users there are, its use is very widespread as Barack Obama,  Stephen Fry, and you can see others on Twitterholic use it. I read just as much about Twitter as I do about Facebook, if not more, and its recently taken off in a big way as more and more people use it.

So how could Twitter be used within higher education? My initial thought was that it would be good in an emergency or crisis situation and hopefully we won’t have one of those. But there are other potential uses. 

Jeremy Wilburn suggests using it as a substitute for live chat in admissions. For us it could be Campus Central and perhaps Student Admin using it to help out new students enrol and feel their way around studying at UniSA.

Mike Volpe on HubSpot suggests we could engage our CEO (our Vice Chancellor) in Twitter, have live updates about events, or keep in touch with media.

I had a scout around to see which higher education institutions are using it, or what Twitter might be used for in higher ed. This is what I found:

So there’s some reading to keep you going for a bit.

But I haven’t mentioned another powerful use for Twitter, that is monitoring the conversation about an organisation. That’s for the next post.


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