A blog for social media communicators at MIT



MIT Commencement 2015

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman July 28, 2015

I took what I learned from the past few years and applied the learnings to our social media efforts for this year's Commencement week. We received great engagement on MIT's social channels.  The hashtag At MIT, we used the hashtag #MIT2015, which followed our usual pattern: MIT and the year of the graduating class. I...

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Case Study: Social Media at the CAST Symposium

By Elizabeth Woodward December 2, 2014

The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology hosted “Seeing / Sounding / Sensing,” an intensive two-day symposium that invited creative artists to join with philosophers, cognitive neuroscientists, anthropologists, historians and scholars from a range of disciplines in an open-ended discussion about knowledge...

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MIT Commencement 2014

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman June 24, 2014

Thanks to the departments that actively participated in Commencement via social media. Many departments saw a growth in followers and engagement as a benefit of their activity surrounding the event. At MIT, we used the hashtag #MIT2014, which followed the pattern set in earlier years (e.g., #MIT2013, #MIT2012). We...

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MIT Commencement 2013

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman June 12, 2013

This year, Commencement was as great as ever, although the weather was wetter than usual. Hundreds of people posted about Commencement to different social media networks to share their experiences. I compiled the best tweets, photo, video, links, etc. on Storify: Are You Ready for Commencement? Doctoral Hooding...

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Inauguration of L. Rafael Reif, MIT's 17th President

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman October 3, 2012

On Friday, September 21, 2012, the MIT community celebrated the inauguration of L. Rafael Reif as MIT's 17th president. You can watch the inaugural address or read about it and view photos. We decided on a hashtag that reflected the theme: #oneMIT. This hashtag was featured on the inauguration website as well as on...

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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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By Stephanie Hatch Leishman May 2, 2012

Storify is a cool way to archive posts from different platforms into one 'digital newspaper', especially if you want to gather everything people have been posting about a particular subject and use it to tell a story. Here's how to make your own: 1. Sign up for an account on Storify.com. 2. Click on 'Create Story'. 3...

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By Stephanie Hatch Leishman March 28, 2012

Do you want to collaborate with others across the Institute who may work in another department? Try Yammer, an enterprise social network. MIT has its own closed group within Yammer, which is only open for those with mit.edu email addresses. On Yammer you can: network with others at MIT (you can follow others) discuss...

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13 Tips for Using Social Media at Your Next Conference

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman March 13, 2012

A few people are asking me about larger events and conferences coming up. Different departments would like to know how to incorporate social media to enhance the conference experience and help to reach goals they have for their events. I always say figure out your goals before your tactics. The below are some tactics...

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