alumni association sites as social networking sites


As online social networking sites like Linkedin, Facebook, Plaxo and many others continue to grow exponentially, universities and university alumni associations have quietly been looking to tap into these tools for their own needs. This may be changing a bit now and while it may be a stretch, I wouldn’t be surprised if online giants like Facebook will start to look at ways to tap into universities to facilitate their growth and user base.

Sounds like a stretch? Maybe it is but take a look and judge for yourself.

If you haven’t visited the new sdsualumni.org web site recently, you’re going to be

The new SDSU Alumni Association web site

The new SDSU Alumni Association web site

impressed. The new site was launched several weeks ago, and with all the new social networking functionality built into the platform, I find myself spending more time than ever before on the site. I used to visit once every month and now it’s becoming close to a daily ritual. Specifically, I’ve found that there’s a lot I can do with my personal profile page. It’s really cool stuff!

On your profile page now, you can create best of everything social networking has to offer. The new sdsualumni.org features widgets that allow you to create badges for Facebook, RSS feeds from your Linkedin profile, Photo Albums from Picasa and Flickr, embedded code to display your favorite video on YouTube and much more.

Ok, I will be honest, there’s still a ways to go. You can’t have a mafia war and you can’t superpoke a friend but…sound like fun so far?

There are lots of social media tools available on the new Alumni Association web site

There are lots of social media tools available on the new Alumni Association web site

There’s a lot more you can do now and I would like to encourage all 200,000 of my fellow alumni to visit the new sdsualumni.org today. Update your profile, join a chapter, reconnect with a classmate from 3 years ago or 30 years ago.

~ Keith Harris, President, Bay Area Aztecs Alumni Chapter

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