A blog for social media communicators at MIT




By Stephanie Hatch Leishman June 30, 2015

In May, some members of MIT's Commencement committee wanted to gather memories from graduating seniors and asked me if we could use social media to do so. The original hashtag that was proposed was #MITmemories. It seemed like a straightforward choice, but “memory” was a word overused in alumni and graduation...

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Interview with Nicole Morell

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman March 9, 2015

Nicole Morell is the MIT Alumni Association’s social media community manager. She manages day-to-day social media and writes for the Slice of MIT blog. Nicole shares her insights into her favorite social network, as well as the challenges and successes she’s had on the job.  What is your favorite social network and...

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Case Study: Hosting the #MITAlum Twitter Chat

By Nicole Morell December 15, 2014

In October, the MIT Alumni Association hosted the #MITAlum Twitter chat “MIT Alumni and the Final Frontier.” This chat featured six alumni working in space exploration and tied in with AeroAstro’s Centennial celebration. This chat had big levels of engagement, high numbers of alumni taking part, and reached over 80,...

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LinkedIn Groups: Should Mine Be Closed or Open?

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman May 31, 2012

When you join a group on LinkedIn, you will notice that you have the option to display the logo for that group on your LinkedIn profile. This public display of groups differs from Facebook, which displays your groups just for you on your home page and all likes under one tab on the profile. LinkedIn, however, displays...

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Does Your Department Take the 'Social' Out of Social Media?

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman May 9, 2012

It's easy to get so overwhelmed with the communications tasks of a department, such as writing, pushing content out, and posting online, that we start to treat social media the same as traditional media: write, print/post, distribute. However, social media is, well, social. Don't forget that your department's...

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Social Media on a Shoestring

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman March 8, 2012

In last week's seminar, I presented on how to use limited resources when managing social media for a department at MIT. I discussed strategy vs. tactics, types of content, and tools for streamlining your efforts when you're shoestringing it. Watch the screencast version on TechTV. Please comment! You can comment on...

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By Stephanie Hatch Leishman February 22, 2012

'Meme' is a short version of mimeme, meaning an imitation. It's a replicating concept, idea, or style that is propagated and evolves along the way. It usually takes the form of a parody or involves using a recognizable image/phrase/etc. and playing with it (a mutating imitation). One great example is the meme...

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