Posted September 6, 2012 Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech has created an additional Twitter account designed primarily for students. @GTStudents is billed as the “voice of the students” and encourages them to share their day-to-day Tech experiences with one another.
Reaction has been positive since the account was launched on August 17. The new concept is maintained and monitored by Institute Communications student assistant Vett Vandiver, a fourth-year Science, Technology and Culture undergrad. She not only retweets posts that relate to campus life, but also responds and provides tips as students return for the fall semester.
While Vandiver is currently the only student monitoring the account, @GTStudents will eventually be managed by other students. A different person will oversee the account for a specified period of time, tweeting about classes, campus life and anything else his or her peers may find interesting. The new social media tool adds a creative perspective to Tech’s social media presence, providing additional student insight that the primary Georgia Tech Twitter feed cannot always provide.
“This is an innovative way to get more students involved in campus life as an opt-in, as opposed to the usual mass emails,” said Eran Mordel, undergraduate student government president.