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Twitter & Penn State

What are you doing?  One million-plus Twitter users certainly want to know.  I discovered the increasingly popular social network after I noticed a few coworkers at my summer internship using the service.  Initially, I used the service to keep in touch with them after I came back to school.  Then things got a lot more interesting.  I began to discover people from all across the Penn State community.  It turns out that fellow students, professors, alumni and even Penn State services all have Twitter accounts.

The best way to describe Twitter is that it is like Facebook status updates- but better.  Messages are limited to 140 characters at a time, which gives just enough space for short and easily digestible information.  You can use the service from your cellphone, through a web browser and through any number of mobile devices.  To further explain the simple social network, I’ll test your SAT skills with a nice analogy: Followers are to Twitter what Friends are to Facebook.  Followers are people that have elected to see your updates in real time.  The “Following” category of your account lists the Twitter users that you follow, and therefore receive their updates.  Below you will find a list containing some of my favorite Twitter users around Penn State, as well as some other members of the Twitterverse.

Penn State People

@BlueBandSteve
Naturally, you should all follow me.  Like the name suggests, I am in the Penn State Marching Blue Band and my name is most certainly Steve.  During football games, I’ll post updates via cellphone about the score/conditions of the game.  During the Rose Bowl on Jan 1, I gave updates about the pep rallies before the game, the Parade of Roses and the Rose Bowl game.  Outside of football season, I tweet links to new blogs posts and cool stories around the internet.

@shcdean and @targuman
The Dean of the Honors College here at PSU has a Twitter account.  Although the @shcdean account isn’t really active, he does post more actively on the @targuman account.

Penn State Clubs/Services/Things

@PennStateLive
This Twitter account is great to keep up with Penn State News.  Penn State Live is the official online news outlet for Penn State.  Everything from research to events are covered on this website.  Following Penn State Live on Twitter is a great way to keep up to date on all your official Penn State News.

@PalmerMuseum
The museum you always pass on the way to class (but have never been in) has a Twitter account to keep followers updated on new exhibits and events.  Sidenote: It is definitely worth it to take a trip to the museum.  It is free and pretty cool.

@sraclub
The SRA Club (Security & Risk Analysis Club) keep followers abreast about the next cool event that they are hosting.

@OnwardState
The Onward State Twitter account updates you with the latest and greatest news and events around the Penn State community.

@IST2U
The official news source for the College of IST.

Other Great Twitter People To Follow

@BarackObama
The official Twitter account of President Obama.  This account remains the most followed Twitter account to date.  Though the account was most active during the campaign, I hope the President uses Twitter in the future as an avenue of news and conversation.

@CNNBRK
CNN Breaking News posts on this Twitter account when something groundbreaking happens somewhere in the world.

@NASA
To keep up with NASA missions, follow this Twitter account.  They post pictures, videos and other info from the space program.  If you every wanted to be an astronaut (or a space shuttle), follow NASA.

@MarsScienceLab
This account represents the mission to mars in 2011.  They were scheduled to launch a few months ago, but technical difficulties prevented a launch.  As this mission explores Mars, they will update the Twitter account on the fly.  Check out @MarsPhoenix for comparison.  When they found evidence of ice/water on Mars, the people following @MarsPhoenix heard first!  Pretty cool stuff.

A Final Note

I encourage you to sign up for a Twitter account.  To sign up, click here.  It is free and really simple to do.  Start following some of the above Twitter accounts to start your experience, and before long you will have a following of your own.  Be especially sure to follow @BlueBandSteve and @OnwardState.  If you have suggestions for cool Twitter users to follow, leave a comment below and I will update this post.  If you have questions, let me know in the comments.

This post originally aired on the blog Onward State on 2-3-09.

 

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A Few Things On This Beautiful Sunday In Virginia

Hello readers of Digital Frontier, I hope your day is going splendidly.  I just wanted to highlight a couple of things from the last few days.

First, I set up a Twitter account last night.  My twitter name is Scubastevo so go ahead and follow me.  Twitter is a “microblogging” platform that allows you to interact with friends with short messages of 140 characters.  I’m still trying to figure out the advantages of using this social network/blogging platform but it should be interesting.  I’m assuming it will get better when I get more friends and followers.  Go ahead and sign up for an account and add me as a friend; search for Steve S or Scubastevo to find me.

Second, I saw Indiana Jones 4 yesterday afternoon.  I must say that I enjoyed it immensely.  I’m not sure I liked the ending/points of the plot, but the action kept me engaged the whole time.  Additionally, it didn’t feel slow like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom did; or like any of the National Treasure movies.  I must say Harrison Ford is still badass in the role and the addition of Shia Leboeuf was a smart move in order to progress the Indy Series.

Third, I’m reading a book I got as a gift called Leading By Example, by Bill Richardson.  I’m not very far into it, but the overall theme of the book is energy independence and revolution.  His main points seem to be if we develop technology for better renewable resources, then we will become independent from the sources of non-renewable energy.  This advancement of renewable energy technology will act as a panacea for many of the problems we as Americans and citizens of the world encounter.  His book thus far has proven to be very frank and without bullshit or the normal ballyhooing that usually presents itself when talking about energy and resources.  I hope to write on this topic at a later date, but for now I think I’ll just finish the book.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2008 in Environment, General

 

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