For those not familiar with Twitter, it is a social networking site that allows people to send instant answers to the question: "What are you doing?" The Truman Foundation plans to use Twitter to keep Faculty Reps updated throughout the selection process. We have turned to Twitter in response to both increased demand for information from Faculty Reps and the ongoing difficulty that several Faculty Reps have had with internal email servers that refuse to accept our emails.
Our updates could include everything from "Sending a mass email on appeals process." to "Notifying the Nashville Finalists by email." We will post if we have difficulty with our server or email. We will also post answers to frequently asked questions and make announcements about additions to the website. For those Faculty Reps who worry about missing updates, it is a good way to reduce anxiety during the application cycle. Everyone will know exactly where we are in the process at all time.
We do not anticipate posting more than one update every day or so, except during January, February and March. During these months, we will probably post an average of two or more a day. Faculty Reps will have a number of options on how to receive our updates. They can passively log into Twitter and see the posted updates. They can opt to have updates forwarded to a cell phone or BlackBerry as text messages (standard text messaging fees apply). Faculty Reps can sign up for RSS feeds of the updates. There are even applications (such as twhirl
) that allow users to monitor updates on the desktop.
While we will not be posting decisions over Twitter, some of the information is specific enough to allow a savvy candidate to interpret what these updates might mean for his or her candidacy. While our updates are not protected, particularly sensitive candidates may not want to follow our updates. If you already have a Twitter Account:
Our username is TrumanApp
. If you do not have a Twitter Account:
Proceed to Twitter
and follow the instructions. The service is free. Please consult the FAQ if you have additional questions about Twitter's service.
We hope this service will prove useful during the coming application cycle!