Follow Friday

By Rachel Luna

#FollowFriday is one of my favorite social media traditions because I’m always looking for ways to learn new things.  As Abigail Adams said, “Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.”  In this spirit, I look for accounts to ensure my Twitter timeline will keep me connected with the goings-on in the world, pique my interest, and enhance my awareness around issues of social justice.  For this #FF post, I’m sharing a trio of such accounts:

 

NPR’s Code Switch, @NPRCodeSwitch

Twitter Bio:

“We tweet about race, ethnicity and culture, how these things play out in our lives, and how all of that is shifting. We did @TodayIn1963. Hang with us.”

Sample Tweets:

My Take:

Fans of intersectionality will enjoy this account, which features a series of bloggers who tackle race, ethnicity, and culture.  On any given week, posts can touch on music, research, literature, language, etc., all through the lens of race and ethnicity.  I particularly appreciate the way they engage with their followers, often posing open-ended questions, retweeting responses, and inviting suggestions for future stories. One “don’t miss” project from these folks is the innovative, robust history project @Todayin1963, which simulated live-tweet coverage of that dynamic year in US history.

 

Teaching Tolerance, @Tolerance_org

Twitter Bio:

“Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center [@splcenter], Teaching Tolerance provides educators with free educational materials.”

Sample Tweets:

My Take:

This account helps me remember that I am both an educator in my role as an #SAPro, and a student in my role as an engaged global citizen.  From their historical #OnThisDay tweets to suggested curricula for current events, Teaching Tolerance focuses on applied learning about diversity and inclusion. Although their materials are generally aimed at the K-12 classroom crowd, I find it a fun exercise to consider adapting and applying their resources to higher education and student affairs settings.

 

Race Forward, @RaceForward

Twitter Bio:

“We advance racial justice through research, media and practice. We publish @colorlines and present Facing Race. Formerly the Applied Research Center.”

Sample Tweets:

My Take:

This is a “challenge and support” account for me in that keeps me informed and also keeps me thinking.  In addition to providing useful news updates via their outlet @Colorlines (described as a “daily news site where race matters”), this account also hosts provocative Twitter chats like #LivesOfBlackMen and promotes social change initiatives like the “Drop the I-Word” campaign. These are also the people behind the Facing Race conference (described as “the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice”), which you can attend in person or lurk on the backchannel (#FacingRace14).

Your Turn

What accounts do you follow to stay up on current events, culture trends, and perspectives on social justice?  Share in the comments or tweet @RachelHLuna so others can follow, too!

 

Follow Friday

Follow Friday: Personality Edition

by Kristen Abell

What the heck does “personality edition” mean? Well, it was the best way I could think to describe the following collection of folks who tweet and blog about introversion and extroversion or MBTI information.

First up is the fabulous Amma Marfo, who you may have heard just published a book on introversion in student affairs. She’s pretty awesome like that. Amma has been tweeting and blogging about introversion and extroversion – both in student affairs and beyond – for quite some time now. She’s a fab follow if you ask me.

Next up is Chris Conzen – who I also recommend following for his general content curation skillz. If there’s an article about introversion – especially in the workplace – he will have tweeted it, Facebooked it, and/or posted it on Google+ or LinkedIn. He even has the occasional witty quip to add to his posts. He also blogs, and I’d highly recommend giving his thoughts a read.

If you’re following Amma and/or Chris, chances are you’re already following the artistic Sue Caulfield. Sue also tends to post about introversion, and even better, her posts tend to be illustrated. She is also the awesome illustrator of Amma’s book, so how can you not want to follow her? Seriously, check her out – I promise you’ll thank me.

If we’re talking introversion/extroversion and MBTI, there’s no better follow than Lisa Endersby. Not only is she one of my favoritest extroverts, she posts some quality info pertaining to the MBTI and has posted some especially great content about the interplay of introversion and extroversion. She’s awesome like that.

Finally, no mention of the MBTI in student affairs would be complete without mentioning Debra Sanborn, who shares not only her own research on this topic but also the most current research of others in the field. It’s good stuff, people.

Who do you recommend following for info about personality in student affairs?

Follow Friday: Personality Edition

Follow Friday – the “Silent” Tweeters

by Valerie Heruska

There was an interesting conversation via the Twittersphere the other day. @StacyLOliver started by asking the question:

 

Of course I responded by saying that some of the best voices aren’t even on Twitter because they’re too busy doing stuff. I agree with Stacy, being that there are times I constantly see the same people’s “voices” on my feed and wonder if they even work during day, but that’s another blogpost. I digress.

But there are people on Twitter who I think carry more validity than those who are the loudest or who have the most followers/fans. Here are just a few:

@DeanWenner : Dean Annamaria Wenner from Wentworth Institute of Technology is a fabulous example of how a dean connects with her students. I find her tweets to be fun and very student focused. I think if anyone is thinking  – but she’s a dean and she is so far up the admin chain, how does she have time for students? – be sure to follow her because she always makes time for her students. Her thoughts of the day are fantastic too!

@JasminePClay  I love to follow Jasmine because she is always tweeting out motivational and inspiring things. If I’m ever having a bad day, I know I can count of Jasmine to make my day better with a little word love. Some examples of her tweets: “It isn’t motivation that creates success, but habit and action.” or  “Compassion can encourage efforts toward global justice and social change.” Thank you Jasmine for making my day a little brighter!

@ShineyJames Similar to Jasmine, Shiney is just a fantastic person who makes my life a little better. Shiney works at BU with me and she is one of the most fantastic women who work here. She;s our director of orientation and does a fantastic job of welcoming the new Terriers.  Some of her tweets that make my day ” Challenging the folks who settle to discover the errors in their ways is something I am always willing to do.” and “If we live only for our individual goals or only for the community, we live a short life. Finding the balance between the two gives us joy.” Thank you Shiney!

 

Follow Friday – the “Silent” Tweeters

Follow Friday – History Edition

by Kristen Abell

As you may (or may not) know, I am a graduate of the University of Kansas, also known as a Jayhawker for life. This means that I’m especially attuned to events going on in the Lawrence area on the interwebs. this week was an active week for Larryville in the Twitterverse and beyond, as they commemorated the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence in 1863. For those not in the know, Quantrill led a band of pro-slavery Missourians in a raid that burned the anti-slavery stronghold of Lawrence almost entirely to the ground. In order to commemorate the rebirth of Lawrence after this event, the city decided to re-enact the raid…on Twitter.

Although it’s been a couple of days since the Twit-enactment, you can still see most of the stream by checking out the #QR1863 hashtag or by visiting the website at www.1863lawrence.com. I’ve always thought a use of social media to re-enact a historical event, a TV show, or a book would be an excellent way of teaching others how to use the different tools available, and this is a fabulous example of that. If you visit the website, you can even see the timeline they used to create the Twitter stream. Several members from the Lawrence community acted as historical figures, complete with Twitter handles and bios to fit. In addition to tweeting out the events of the day, they reacted to tweets from “current day” responders. Getting into the excitement of the day, a few folks even created some new Twitter profiles – @horse1863 and @martymcfly1863 are just a couple examples – and jumped right into the tweet-stream.

In addition to the folks live-tweeting the re-enactment, several schools in the area followed along and did history lessons so that their students could participate in the historical events of the day.

Now this, folks, is how you use social media. I highly encourage you to go check it out and think of ways you could use social media similarly. I’ve already got my mind churning on ways to do my next training via live-tweeting an event or book. What similarly awesome uses of social media have you seen?

Follow Friday – History Edition

Follow Friday: Inspiration

by Kristen Abell

Are you seeking inspiration? In your work or in your life? If so, I have a couple people that you absolutely must follow – whether on Twitter or through their blogs.

Lisa Endersby – Lisa is a purveyor of awesome – whether it’s giving folks virtual high fives or her two cents (Canadian), Lisa is full of incredible ideas and inspiration. If you haven’t had the chance yet to watch her TED talk, please stop reading RIGHT NOW and go check it out. Seriously. Okay, done now? Now we can move on.

One of Lisa’s greatest strengths is not just her teaching, but in her ability to infect those around her with awesomeness. She is not just the star athlete, but the head cheerleader, too, and she will make sure that you know that you absolutely can do it – whatever “it” is. To tap into a little of this inspiration, go follow her on Twitter (if you aren’t already) or go check out her blog. Then come back and thank me later.

Amma Marfo – If Lisa is a purveyor of awesome, Amma is an introvert advocate – but she’s also an incredible writer. Consistently creating quality content (say that five times fast) on her blog and through her Twitter account, Amma makes all of us think a little bit more about how we work, how we interact with others, what we could do with our talents. If you’re reading her blog, you’ll know she’s also putting her talent to work at writing a book, and from time to time, she’ll ask for her readers’ input. So come on – go read Amma’s blog and give her some inspiration back – she deserves it.

Who do you follow for inspiration?

Follow Friday: Inspiration