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Mississippi College Joins Twitter

June 29, 2009

Twitter challenges people to quickly sum up what they are doing now. Taking the challenge, Mississippi College recently joined the fast-growing social network.

On its Web site, Twitter trumpets itself as "a service for friends, family and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question - what are you doing?" Users reveal what they are doing in up to 140 characters. The message is short, but tweet!

With MC officially hooked up with the service early last week, the number of people following MC on Twitter has grown daily. "MC will use Twitter to announce news stories, special campus events or other information that would be relevant to our followers," says MC webmaster Justin Garcia.

The followers could be MC faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni or friends of the Christian university, he said.

Garcia is the media saavy University of Southern Mississippi grad who got MC started on the Twitter path. "At first, Twitter seemed to be just another social network to have to keep track of, but now I see how useful it can be," said the 26-year-old Biloxi native who went to work at MC last September.

In recent weeks, social networks like Twitter and Facebook have provided much of the media coverage of the deadly fighting and political turmoil in Iran following the country's heated election battle. Around America, a growing number of colleges, businesses, media outlets and other organizations now have Twitter accounts. Stuck for hours at the airport or waiting for food to arrive at a restaurant, people tweet away on Twitter.

At MC, the university's Twitter user name is @MissCollege. MC's Twitter page can be found at www.twitter.com/MissCollege

The testimonials on the Twitter web site are positive - from "incredibly useful" to "Twitter is the telegraph system for Web 2.0."

It's just getting started as MC enters its 184th academic year. People with connections to Baptist-affiliated MC are encouraged to sign up and learn more about Twitter.

MC university news coordinator Andy Kanengiser, who is also on Facebook, last week joined the Twitter family. "Dad, you're on Twitter?," said his 12-year-old daughter Hannah, on her way to swim practice. The Pearl Junior High student was clearly impressed that her old Dad picked up a new trick in the constantly changing world of communications.

To learn more about Twitter visit http://www.twitter.com or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter.

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