When I introduced the concept of my Friday Favorities a few months ago, I said that one of the frequent topics would be updates on the new and unique projects associated with Hopkins Interactive. Well the Hopkins Interactive students and I have been working diligently these past few months and I think we have launched some exciting new projects and have a number of great ideas soon to come. Last week I introduced the new Academics Blog and the response to that project has been tremendous. So, this week I though I would let you all know how we have been using Twitter and update you with a few of our newest YouTube videos.
When we first started to use Twitter in conjunction with Hopkins Interactive we created the @HopkinsInsider account. The main purpose was to have a vehicle to inform our followers of new blog entries posted by myself, the student bloggers, or to any of our other University bloggers. Then shortly after I launched my own personal Twitter account @AdmissionDaniel as I was hearing from people that they would like to see tweets from an actual Admissions professional. (Darn Twitter and its character limits with names prevented me from using the more consistent AdmissionsDaniel moniker - I guess you add the "S" to get Johns Hopkins but drop the "S" when finding me on Twitter.)
Though the number of followers for each of these Twitter account remains low - 187 for the main account and 134 for me - they do seem to be another form of communication that prospective students and families enjoy. It also seems a number of higher education professionals have also found the accounts. Stemming from this mild success, we decided at the start of this semester to ask three of the Hopkins Interactive students to create Twitter accounts that we would link to through the main site, forums, and blogs. So now you can follow, @JHU_Saznin, @JHU_Brian, and @JHU_Keith. Here is a bit of a description about each account with links:
@HopkinsInsider: The main Hopkins Interactive Twitter account. When a new blog is posted a new tweet will be posted so you can check out the new entry. In the coming weeks, we plan to make this Twitter account more active as we highlight some of the most popular threads on the Hopkins Forums, link to some of the best blogs of all time, and share recent Hopkins news.
@AdmissionDaniel: This is my Twitter account. I attempt to update every day or so with a mixture of updates on what is going on with work, my thoughts on admissions, retweets of cool Hopkins stuff, and as normal for me, random deep thoughts.
@JHU_Saznin: Saznin is a current Hopkins sophomore focusing her studies on Public Health. From Virginia, her family has just moved to Africa so she is in some ways re-defining where her home is. Saznin is an involved student with a unique sense of humor ... and oh yeah, she is not pre-med.
@JHU_Brian: Brian is an Environmental Engineering sophomore from New Jersey. Everyone who has ever come in contact with Brian is amazed at how intelligent, how friendly, and how creative a person he is ... I guess that is why he is the Westgate scholar for his class.
@JHU_Keith: Keith is one of the newest members of the Hopkins Interactive team and roommates with Brian (yes, it is strange when they communicate with each other through Twitter!). He is also a sophomore and is studying Hopkins newest major, Global Environmental Change and Sustainability or as well all call it = GECS.
So follow us, retweet us, and if you ever have suggestions of what we should be doing on Twitter let us know.
The Hopkins Interactive team also continues to create YouTube videos and upload them to both our Video Blog and YouTube page. To encourage you all to check out our videos I thought I would share two videos: (1) A Day in The Life of JHU_Greco one of the new Hopkins Interactive freshmen & (2) a re-post of the Hopkins Interactive LipDub from last spring. Enjoy!