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Keeping Current on Campus with Twitter

April 26, 2010 by Doug Worsham

This article, like so many others you'll read about Twitter, starts like this:

At first, I just didn't get it, but now, I use Twitter as a learning and productivity tool almost every day.

Why the change? A big part of the story was learning that Twitter is an effective way for me to keep tabs on campus news, conversations, and events.

Take for example, Chancellor Martin's recent trip to China. There were news stories about it on campus websites, of course, but following Martin on Twitter provided both a more personal perspective, and a quick and easy way to learn more about the trip.

Biddy Martin tweets about high speed rail in China.

Other UW-Madison movers-and-shakers and news-makers to follow:
@LoriBerquam, @UWMadisonNews, @LSNews

I also like using Twitter to keep up on student government. I follow student council member @TomTempleton in order to learn more about student perspectives on things like the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates and the recent NatUp/Down debate:

Tweet on the Madison Undergraduate Initiative

Other student politicians and student-orgs to follow:
@tjunger, @asmstudentgovt, @WSUM

And, perhaps most importantly, Twitter alerts me almost instantly whenever there is free food on campus.

All campus party announces free breakfast on twitter

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What do you think?

How do you keep current on campus with Twitter? We'd love to hear about it in the comments!

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