University Web Developers

University Web Developers

Examples of good Social Media Directory pages/sites?

We're trying to get a handle on the growing-every-day number of official (and semi-official) social media presences that various entities around our campus are using. The list of Facebook pages/groups and Twitter accounts, in particular, are getting quite lengthy.

Which led to me doing some investigation into what other schools are doing to consolidate this type of information into some sort of "social media directory" page/site.

It was by no means a thorough search, but it seems to boil down to three types:

1. No "social media directory" (or only providing links to the main university social media presences.

2. A ridiculously long list of links presented in a boring way (e.g., a long list of plain links).

3. A ridiculously long list of links presented in a not-quite-as-boring way (e.g., consolidating multiple social media types for any particular entry (for example, if a department has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a LinkedIn page, then they have one entry on the list that has some sort of links/icons for each of those social media types) and using some sort of extra functionality like expand/collapse accordions or tabs or whatever to organize/categorize/filter the list of links into smaller lists.

I unfortunately found no examples that blew me away with how they were presenting this type of information...partly due to my online search ability (or lack thereof), I'm sure.

At any rate, does anyone have any examples of pages/sites that achieve this sort of "social media directory" in a new/exciting way (or otherwise does something more interesting/usable than a long list of links)?

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide,

Doug Thompson
Manager of Web and Electronic Communications
Ohio Wesleyan University

Views: 208

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Here are some I've found

https://www.cmu.edu/social-media/

I like how they categorize them by colleges, departments, etc, rather than by social media network.

Here's a similar idea, not quite as attractive but still pretty clear http://www.montana.edu/web/socialmedia/

This is interesting but is not actually a directory of the social media sites, just what people are saying about MU. Think someone probably curates the list that appears...?

http://socialmedia.missouri.edu/

Well, that's some I've come across anyway.

Beth Hastings

Web Designer

Columbia College

Columbia, MO 65201

I agree...categorizing them by colleges/departments/etc. is definitely the way to go, since so many of these entities have multiple social media accounts. That way, all of that entity's social media links are in one place, rather than scattered around by different social media network.

The social media directory for W&M although still a list of links, does offer sorting/filtering abilities. We first broke things down into "Official-ish" (http://social.wm.edu/index.php/sm_directory/officialish) and "Unofficial" (http://social.wm.edu/index.php/sm_directory/unofficial) lists, the former being any College academic department, program, administrative office, etc. and the latter any recognized student organization. You can view all entries sorted alphabetically by Name, by Category (Athletics, Academic Department, Libraries, etc. for Official-ish...Class Groups, Academic Orgs, Community Service, Greek Social, Religious, etc. for Unofficial), Type (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or School (Arts & Sciences, Law, Business). You can also search the list directly and it live-filters the results.

We've found this a great way to keep track of everyone and we'll get submissions weekly for new additions to the lists.

Tiffany Broadbent Beker

Web Programmer & Social Media Coordinator

Creative Services, College of William & Mary

Excellent examples...thanks!

RSS

Elsewhere

Latest Activity

Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Part 3 of our E-Expectations series available on our blog! Get the facts you need to improve your best resource—your college website. "
Friday
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Please note that OmniUpdate will be closed this Monday in observance of Labor Day. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday!"
Thursday
Beth Hastings replied to Beth Hastings's discussion Columbia College site redesigned - take a look!
"Thanks - I appreciate it! It was a  lot of "new" for us. Personally, I'd done a little bit of responsive design (took a class) but nothing at this level. I'd not done HTML5 or really delved into CSS3 and then finding…"
Thursday
Patricia Pokrocos posted a discussion

Web Developer

Position SummaryThe School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) in the midst of an exciting period of growth in its capacity to prepare leaders and solve societal problems, and seeks a web developer for the large-scale project of moving the Schools current website to a more modern platform. Reporting to the Director, Engineering Communications, the primary role of the web developer is to setup and build the framework for the new website (utilizing Drupal). The person in this position will…See More
Wednesday
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"No one loves their college’s website more than Marie Wise! New post by Marie herself up on the blog. Read it now!"
Wednesday
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Congratulations to Western Illinois University for going live with their responsive redesigned website in OU Campus v10! "
Aug 26
Maggie Slater joined Lynn Zawie's group
Thumbnail

OmniUpdate

Share your experiences using OmniUpdate CMS
Aug 26
Profile IconEloine Chapman, Adam Mullen, Gina D'Alessio and 1 more joined University Web Developers
Aug 25
Dan Bashaw replied to Beth Hastings's discussion Columbia College site redesigned - take a look!
"Nice and clean redesign, and I can see you are also paying a lot of attention to content strategy.  Thanks for sharing the links!"
Aug 25
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Please help us welcome University of New Haven to the OU Campus user community!"
Aug 22
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
" Read about the importance of mobile in today’s blog post from our E-Expectations series."
Aug 22
David Dahl posted a discussion

Web Services Specialist, Towson University Libraries

The Albert S. Cook Library seeks a highly skilled and innovative Web Services Specialist to participate in all stages of the application development life cycle.  Under the direction of the Information Technology Librarian, this position provides primary web application development support for the Library’s online initiatives. Focusing on services that improve the user experience for the University’s students, faculty, and staff, the Web Services Specialist collaborates with team members, other…See More
Aug 20
David Dahl joined Mark Greenfield's group
Aug 20
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Check out Naropa University’s new course catalog! It pulls course data from Jenzabar. Well done!"
Aug 20
Profile IconDavid Dahl, tmogroup and Besart Bytyqi joined University Web Developers
Aug 20
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"How do you view change? Read what our CEO took away from this year’s eduWeb Conference about change in today's blog post."
Aug 20
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Loving the new look on the CSU Channel Islands website! Check it out: csuci.edu/ #responsive #accessible"
Aug 19
Erin Leavitt commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Congrats to Daytona State College on going live with their responsive design in OU Campus v10! Looks amazing! "
Aug 13
Profile IconNancy Boudreau, Rob Green and John Cady joined University Web Developers
Aug 13
Beth Hastings posted a discussion

Columbia College site redesigned - take a look!

We launched a redesign of our site on July 1. It was more than just a new skin, it was a reorganization of the content. In the past we've tried to serve all audiences - current students, prospects, staff, faculty and alumni. It ended up being link overload. It also used internal back office terminology that was confusing to prospects.Our charge was to gear the site toward prospective students and to move all content for current students and faculty & staff behind our existing portal.We…See More
Aug 12

UWEBD has been in existence for more than 10 years and is the very best email discussion list on the Internet, in any industry, on any topic

About

© 2014   Created by Mark Greenfield.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service