Posts tagged ‘students’


I know. I’m a slacker. I swear I have a good excuse. We’re getting ready to roll out some big changes in the IT rookie arena here at Franklin College, so I’ve been trying to put it all together. Until I write about our new endeavor, let me just give you a brief update on a few things worth commenting on.

I came across a great blog post comparing my favorite sport to it’s lesser counterpart and the marketing lessons we can learn. I gave my two cents on the racing bit, but the marketing aspect is genius if you as me. Check it out here:¬†(Oh, and don’t believe all that Helio talk! He’s an open wheel guy for sure).

I’ve been doing a lot of twittering. I find it lets me vent and also give/receive quick information. I’ve never been totally interested in the WWDC, but yesterday I was hooked on what they were announcing. So I found out on Twitter! Well sort of, I found out of summarize, but that’s neither here nor their. The point is, I really wish I would have waited on the iTouch, because now there’s a $200 iPhone. Oh well. My birthday is coming soon… Maybe the best husband ever will let me get one! I’ll just have to be sure his Father’s Day gift if fabulous! Any ideas? I think he wants a GPS.

OK, back to contacting students, office retreat summary, project work, and GPS research. Oh wait, it’s lunch time… Maybe I can do all that after 1! ūüôā


June 10, 2008 at 11:56 am 2 comments

Facebook Friend Lists

Interesting… I just noticed that Facebook is giving it’s users the ability to filter who sees certain things in their profile. For example, I have¬†a list of friends, colleagues, and everyone else. I only want my friends to see the pictures of me partying last weekend, but everyone can see that I just forded the river in Oregon Trail.

It sounds to me like¬†the powers that be at Facebook have gotten wise to our discussions about whether a college/employer should¬†use a students profile against them and decided to do something about it. At least, that’s my thinking.

This¬†is incredibly fascinating to me. We starting using a Facebook group to encourage students to meet others. We are a small school (about 1000) and there are already more than¬†70 students in the group. For us, that’s a lot. And, the conversations these students are having range from “who wants to room with me” to “I’m nervous about college.” That speaks volumes to me about a students interest level. What a great way to connect to your college before move-in day.

For another great blog about Facebook, new technologies, and how it can affect recruitment, check out what Chris Potts over at SquaredPeg has to say. There has been some great discussion to follow.

I think most people agree, everything in moderation. And for the record, we’ve starting trying out Zinch and we’ve been pretty pleased. I’m sure I’ll blog about it more as it progresses. I noticed several people have mentioned it being phony because it’s a “scholarship competition” and I guess I didn’t realize they started awarding them until just now. I know Anycollege does a lot of that, but I didn’t recognize it with Zinch.

So back to Facebook, and the original subject of my post, I think there will be a lot of students who decide who sees what in their profile. Has anyone done any playing around with these new settings? What do you think?  Will students take advantage of this? Will you?

March 20, 2008 at 11:00 am Leave a comment


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