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: 434

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

Profile IconJulia Easton and KATE KWAME joined University Web Developers
Friday
Bill Hartley posted a discussion

Job Interview Presentation Ideas

Has anyone ever asked job candidates to do a presentation as part of the interview process? We're in the process of searching for a web director, and are looking for some ideas.See More
Oct 6
Gabriel Nagmay is now a member of University Web Developers
Oct 3
Bill Hartley posted discussions
Oct 2
Geoffrey Campbell is now a member of University Web Developers
Sep 27
Colleen Brennan-Barry posted a discussion

NOW HIRING: Operations Director

Position Title:Operations Director of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association Position Overview:Reporting to the President of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association (www.highedweb.org), the Operations Director is responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations of the Association and its volunteers. The Operations Director will work with the Board of Directors to facilitate the implementation of a strategic plan, and lay the…See More
Sep 18
Lauren Zakich commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Upcoming webcast: Join Robin Kelly from the University of Texas at Tyler as she shares tips and tricks to improve productivity as a web professional. Register today!"
Sep 11
Eloine Chapman replied to Eloine Chapman's discussion Should we migrate to https?
"Thanks Barb!"
Sep 1
Eloine Chapman replied to Eloine Chapman's discussion Should we migrate to https?
"Thanks Jason!"
Sep 1
Elizabeth Hyde-Copeland is now a member of University Web Developers
Aug 30
Gavin Younger is now a member of University Web Developers
Aug 24
Lauren Zakich commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Our 2018 OmniUpdate User Training Conference will be held in Anaheim on March 25 - 29! Speak at OUTC and you could receive free registration. Submit your proposal today!"
Aug 18
Jason Brady replied to Eloine Chapman's discussion Should we migrate to https?
"We have started the move to make all our sites HTTPS. With our InCommon membership (paid by our State Chancellor's Ofice), we get free certificates, so there is no ongoing costs. In 2014, Google said they give some SEO bumps to HTTPS sites.…"
Aug 18
Profile IconMichael Harvey, Bill Hartley and Jeff Dobbin joined University Web Developers
Aug 18
Barb Iannucci replied to Eloine Chapman's discussion Should we migrate to https?
"Yep, I got the same messages. Some of our sites use SSL and we've been talking about migrating all the rest our sites for a while now. I suspect we will be doing it rather than just talking about it sooner rather than later now. :\"
Aug 18
Eloine Chapman posted a discussion

Should we migrate to https?

I recently got a notice from Google that in October 2017 Chrome V62 with show the warning "NOT SECURE" on all our web pages we have a input field for search. Since on most of our pages there is nothing that would require secure information I've never felt the need for HTTPS. Our class registration pages are secure but not the general information pages. The warning is going to scare people though. Are others upgrading their websites?See More
Aug 17
Colleen Brennan-Barry posted a discussion

HighEdWeb 2017 Early-Bird Pricing available through July 31

It’s the last week get HighEdWeb 2017 early-bird registration pricing! When you register for the Annual Conference by the end of Monday, July 31, you save $100 — and who doesn’t love that?!Register by July 31 to save $100…See More
Jul 25
Lauren Zakich commented on Lynn Zawie's group OmniUpdate
"Upcoming webcast: Join Angela Cavaliere from Montgomery County Community College as she demonstrates how to perform user testing to improve overall web experience. Register today!"
Jul 12
Michael E Matzkin joined Mark Greenfield's group
Thumbnail

WordPress

This group is for all those using WordPress as both a blogging platform and as a CMS
Jul 10
Dan Bashaw commented on Mark Greenfield's group WordPress
"Hi Samuel – WordPress will be a good choice for this kind of project. Can you let us know more about what features you are thinking of adding? It seems to me that a combination of a WordPress site and tightly integrated social media channels…"
Jun 29

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

© 2017   Created by Mark Greenfield.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service