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Atwitter Over Twitter: Another Way to Tell UNH Stories

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 29, 2009

Wildcats on Twitter

Got a second?

That’s all it takes to keep up with the happenings at UNH via Twitter, the electronic version of asking “what’s up?”

Really, reading news and information on Twitter—on the Web or through text messages— is fast. That’s because messages can only be 140 characters long. (Those two sentences are 126.)

UNH Media Relations began using the social networking site a few weeks ago. Athletics, Health Services and Computing and Information Services’ Signals also have signed on to the service whose users provide as-it-happens information.

All of the departments joined Twitter to help people stay up-to-date on news coming out of UNH.

For example, Media Relations (http://twitter.com/UNHNews) recently posted this tweet (what one does when using Twitter; you tweet) :

What's wicked fast monoskier/UNH alum Tyler Walker doing in the desert of Qatar? Great story here: http://tinyurl.com/dn9mvp.

Athletics let women’s lacrosse fans know what the team was doing with this recent message:

#17 Women's lax begins postseason play April 30 with an America East semifinal game vs. Albany (at BU's Nickerson Field) www.unhwildcats.com.

And here’s a sample of a post from Health Services:

Traveling soon? Get your immunizations at the Health Services Travel Clinic! http://tinyurl.com/dz4rl8

Media Relations won’t be posting every news release it issues. Instead it’s going to use Twitter to relay interesting or unusual tidbits that followers (that’s how Twitter works: you choose who you want to know about and ‘follow’ them) might find interesting.

For Athletics, Twitter will help them stay connected to fans, students, alumni, parents and others who want to know how their favorite team is doing. You don’t have to sign up (although Twitter accounts are free) to get updates; simply go to http://twitter.com/unhathletics.

For people who think Twitter is just one more way of getting too much information, remember it’s not like having an email account where random unsolicited messages can appear. You can go to the Twitter account that interests you (or your own) whenever you want. Or not.

It’s kind of like television. Twitterers control not only from whom they receive messages but how; there’s a setting option that allows you to schedule when you want to receive updates. Or you can just shut it off.


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