A blog for social media communicators at MIT



Blended RSS Feeds

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman April 29, 2013

"RSS" is published online content shown a standardized web feed format. An RSS feed syndicates content in such a way that it is readable by "RSS readers," such as Google Reader (which will be discontinued in July, so get your Feedly now). Let's say you have a lot of RSS feeds for your department. For example, the...

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Reporting On Your Social Media Analytics

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman February 6, 2013

If you manage social media accounts for your department or school, you should be regularly and consistently looking at your analytics. Pull and file reports so you can evaluate changes over time. How often should I pull reports? How often you pull reports should depend upon how often you meet with your supervisor/team...

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Time Management for Social Media

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman October 17, 2012

Time management is the number one concern for communications staff whose jobs involve social media to any degree. No matter what the topic of my presentation or workshop, when it is time for questions the problem of time management is mentioned at least once. Below are 3 ways I use my time effectively to manage social...

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Don't send Facebook posts directly to Twitter

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman September 4, 2012

When it comes to automating posts, you might consider sending the post from the platform with the most limitations and automate from there. Otherwise, you run into trouble. For example, if you are sending posts from Facebook to Twitter automatically, posts will appear truncated on Twitter because Twitter's character...

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HootSuite: How to Automatically Send RSS Content to Social Media Accounts

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman April 26, 2012

When you're overwhelmed as a communicator, automation can be key. This post deals with taking the new content of an existing RSS feed and sending it automatically to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Let's say, for example, that MIT News often writes articles about your department, and...

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