Social media

What is social media?

UH FaceBook pageThe term social media is an umbrella term used to describe a suite of tools on the web, which typically support global collaboration and sharing of opinions, insights, experiences and perspectives, often with strangers.

The content within them, and often the functionality, is managed and regulated by the user community itself and not the provider of the tool or a third party institution.

Some typical examples of social media tools are:

  • blogs - usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video.
  • wikis - a website that allows multiple users to create and edit any number of interlinked web pages.
  • social networking sites - a site that allows users to share ideas, activities, events, and interests within their individual networks.
  • podcasts - a series of digital media files (either audio or video) that are released episodically and often downloaded.
  • forums - an online discussion site where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages.

How is the University using social media?

The University encourages community engagement on social media and will be launching a new strategic plan in September 2015.

Contact the University's Community Manager, Jerome Price for information on setting up new social profiles.