Friday, 12 September 2008

The Media Centre hits Twitter

In a desperate (heh heh) attempt to stay current, I have created a Twitter account dedicated to the University of Sunderland's Media Centre. If you don't know what Twitter is then you can describe it as free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length (source: wikipedia).

Essentially, it's a publicly visible site that post messages similar like a mobile SMS, except anyone can see providing the y know the address. You can find the Media Centre's Twitter account by typing the URL into your browser: http://twitter.com/mediacentre

The idea is that I will pass the login/password details around the Media Centre staff so that we can keep students up to date with things specific to the building.

The kind of things we might post on Twitter will include:
  • notices for last minute room changes
  • cancellations of sessions (staff illness)
  • upcoming assessment hand-in dates
  • notifications of events (guest speakers)
  • important dates
This list isn't exhaustive by any means and is open to suggestions. If there are any students out there who want more specific things included then send me a message either here or via my normal work email address.

I think that it's a good idea if the person posting the 'tweet' (the message) identifies themselves with a either their initials or a short recognisable acronym. I've been posting as 'Rob' but I might just switch to 'RJ' in future as its shorter.

Students can access the updates anywhere they are online, via their laptops, web-enabled mobile phones and iPhones/iPod Touches, etc. Data costs may vary depending on how you access the site.

If you think this is a good/bad idea then get in touch. I'd like to hear your feedback.

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