IUP’s Facebook presence has achieved a new milestone: The official page, established earlier this year, recently surpassed three thousand fans.
IUP’s foray into Facebook, a social networking website, is part of an effort by the Communications office to make use of the opportunities social media present. Particularly important are opportunities to enhance communication and relationships with parents, students, prospective students, and alumni.
Social media can be loosely defined as people talking to people, using computers, to get things done. In addition to Facebook, other examples of social media include social networking sites LinkedIn and MySpace, media-sharing sites YouTube and Flickr, microblogging service Twitter, and even the ability to post reviews on some sites, such as book reviews on Amazon.com.
While you don’t have to join Facebook to view IUP’s Facebook page, membership is required to become a fan. All members of the university community are encouraged to become fans, so they can stay abreast of campus happenings and see what other fans are saying about IUP.
IUP’s Facebook page is updated several times a week with news and events postings. It also features photos, videos, and links to several other IUP-affiliated groups and pages on Facebook.
Other questions about IUP's Facebook presence may be referred to firstname.lastname@example.org.