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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How Colleges and Universities Use Instagram

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman July 1, 2013

  Universities and colleges around the nation are using Instagram. They've found a few ways to take advantage of this every-growing platform, so I thought I'd give you a tour of higher education instagramming. These methods are not only for main university accounts, but can be used by specific departments, labs,...

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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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4 Benefits of Joining Twitter Chats

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman April 17, 2012

A few Tuesdays ago I participated in the weekly Twitter chat called #influencechat. We discussed disruption and innovation (concepts made popular by Clayton Christensen, @claychristensen, a well-known professor at Harvard Business School @HarvardBiz). After debating the difference between the two terms, we discussed...

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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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The Hashtag (#)

By Stephanie Hatch Leishman February 9, 2012

The # symbol, or 'hashtag' is used in Twitter. A hashtag shows that a tweet relates to a certain category or event. When a hashtag is used by a large number of users, it can become a trending topic. The hashtag has many creative uses; it is most commonly used for events, topics, and public chats. For example, a group...

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