Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Virtual Office Colleagues

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Since coming back from Maternity leave in March I’ve found it a little difficult to get back on track – a little out of the loop on a lot of things (not having project students etc) and not all of my office colleagues are in all the time, or they’re off teaching or what not. So I’ve been catching up no the phd stuff I stupidly though I could do on maternity leave, but couldn’t get my brain in gear when I came across a tweet that mentioned a group for parents studying phds – Since I now tick that box I though I’d join, and I’m glad I did.

Its very nice to have a big group of people, doing a similar thing to you, that you can call on for advice, enter into discussions with a generally get along with. There’s shut up and Write Sessions, questions on the true nature of pedagogy, lots of discussion on methodology etc (what’s also nice that unlike real office colleagues you can ignore them if you want to focus on something else) – I’m much more on board with what I was doing, and I’m starting to find the headspace I need to write.

It’s part of a trend I can see of more and more things drifting into the sphere of Facebook – group projects, staff groups, interest groups are all there and used, daily – which means switching off from everything else is increasingly hard. I don’t want to make a separate staff account. I like being able to interact with students, and it’s so useful when they don’t check their e-mails. I just can’t help wondering at what point it will all come crashing down?

Monthly Stats on Games Tech Social Media 3 years on

Friday, August 8th, 2014

For the past few years I’ve been keeping a track of our social media take up – so I knew where to concentrate our efforts. For the first year I updated it monthly – but since then I’ve just taken snapshots on the 8th of August every year.

Here’s this year’s.. (All the relevant posts, including the Ur Post with the magic updating Google Docs chart art tagged as smtrack)

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Now in theory all of those are active, but in reality you can see the top hitters – No surprises really, Twitter, Facebook – both profile & page and the Linked in Group.

Of course, this doesn’t really look at engagement – I’m running sumall on that now to have a quick look but it’s interesting in the time I’ve been keeping an eye on this how the landscape changes – Prospective students are much keener to ask question over facebook then e-mail, but only  about half of the facebook users are keen to engage with things (For example, for our Welcome Week event this year we’ve only got one meta event listed, to encourage communication through the years and to catch more students. Of the 250 invites 114 have not yet responded – and Facebook have got rid of the super useful option to send a message to people invited to an event, probably for this very reason)

I also can’t see the landscape changing much more in the next year, we could probably Vine & Instagram more, but realistically it’s going to be photos of things on computers, videos of people in the mocap studio and the occasional Mexican Wave in a lecture theatre.

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Monthly Stats on Games Tech Social Media cont…

Friday, July 6th, 2012

So, it’s been a year of keeping track of the different numbers of fans, followers, likes and subscribers across all of the places StaffsGamesTech floats around on Social Media – and which are in a tiny way maintained (I’m sure we still are on Myspace, but it’s not really relevant is it)

As a recap they are:

Mostly they were all in place anyway, before I started keeping an eye on the numbers, some very well established others a bit of a prod in the dark or newly set up. This also doesn’t really look at reach and how people interact with us on the different mediums.

The first thing to note is that there’s growth on everything, even things like G+ haven’t dropped, their just stagnant – and I still think Google may find the magic switch that suddenly means you can’t live without it – linking it with youtube may do that – maybe, or maybe it will continue to flounder.

The big winners are the one’s you’d expect – Facebook & Twitter – with a good showing on Tumblr & Linked In too. What’s interesting on the facebook side of things, and it’s something I’ve seen on other profiles & pages is many more people are willing to be your friend, then like a page – and interactions seem up on Facebook too – but then I suppose Facebook generates more ‘orignal content’ – with that in mind I’m trying to make sure the Tumblr is updated, even with silly things  – because that’s an easy way to push out content to Facebook and Twitter.

I’m going to keep this up for at least another year – it will be interesting to see if there are spikes – graduation for the LinkedIn Group, Induction for Facebook etc..