How are we using social media?
Puget Sound has been using forms of social media for several years, with the Office of Communications maintaining an official university presence adopted on major social media outlets including:
We use Facebook to connect with a wide audience, which includes prospective and current students, as well as faculty, staff, and community members with an interest in the college. The Office of Communications typically posts two to four times per week during the academic year (once or twice per week in the summer), sharing campus stories, news items, key events (such as Homecoming and Family Weekend), and more.
The Office of Communications uses Twitter to post selected campus news and event notices up to several times per day. In addition we follow other Puget Sound-related accounts in order to signal boost announcements and posts.
The Office of Communications uses Flickr to post photostreams for major campus events, such as Orientation, Homecoming and Family Weekend, and Commencement, as well as collections of photos taken each term representing activities on campus ranging from speakers and athletics to campus candids.
Our YouTube channel hosts both professionally created and amateur videos related to Puget Sound, including our popular weekly series, THIS WEEK at Puget Sound, hosted by students. We also highlight user-generated videos others have posted about the college in our playlists and favorites.
The university Instagram account serves as a platform to share curated images from Puget Sound stories, events, and news, and to show off our beautiful campus setting. We often share others' photos when the university account is tagged or a promoted hashtag is used to showcase Puget Sound from a wide array of campus members and guests. Promoted hashtags include #pugetsoundbound, #totheheights, #alwaysalogger, and #LoggerUP.
In addition to these main university accounts, many offices, departments, and programs have launched their own social media efforts on a multitude of channels.
Puget Sound also has entered the blogosphere, adopting and adapting blogs as part of its social media efforts. The university started hosting blogs in 2009, and several departments and faculty host successful offsite blogs.