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Web Service: Microblog


This service is available to any official Stetson University entity.

What is a microblog?

As its name suggests, microblogging is writing extremely short blog posts, kind of like text messages. Twitter is currently the most popular microblogging service and lets users post entries up to 140 characters long. The popular social networking websites Facebook and LinkedIn also have a microblogging feature, called "status updates." Users can read these messages online or have them sent as a text message to a cell phone.

Microblogging, which is more than just random "short bursts of text," is better characterized as a short conversation where you listen to and share ideas. Once you get going with a set of people you follow and people who follow you, it's a never-ending conversation you can dip into whenever you want. The people you talk to can serve as a filter for the massive amounts of information online, giving you links to check out, sharing new ways of thinking and offering responses to the questions you ask.

Before Contacting Us

You should to be able to answer these questions:

  1. Why do you need a microblog?
    • What problem would it solve?
    • How will it help you meet your organizational goals?
  2. Who is your audience?
    • Who are you writing to?
    • What message do you want to communicate?
    • What kind of feedback do you expect and how will you manage it?

If you decide that a microblog is right for you, then continue on.

What We Offer

Web Services offers general support for users trying to set up microblogs. This includes Twitter as well as other kinds of social media as well.

Getting Started

  1. Determine if your content fits into the microblogging category of content.
  2. Use the Web Service Request form to request help setting up a microblog. It's important that we are made aware of its existence from the beginning so that we can help you to manage it, and so that you're aware of the policies and guidelines that govern officially representing the university in social media.
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