Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue. The cutting-edge crowd is learning that communicating with a simple image, be it a picture of what’s for dinner or a street sign that slyly indicates to a friend, “Hey, I’m waiting for you,” is easier than bothering with words, even in a world of hyper-abbreviated Twitter posts and texts. NY Times
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Commissioner Davis and Public Information Chief Cheryl Fiandaca, who headed up Boston PD's social media efforts, accomplished what no police department has done before: led conversation with citizens in a time of crisis. Mashable.com
The University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University received separate bomb threats Friday morning, leading the schools to send out messages to evacuate campus buildings via text, email, Facebook and Twitter. Thankfully, both instances were resolved — no bombs were found and regular schedules resumed. But it got us wondering: What triggers universities to send these alert messages out? Mashable
How do you handle the tough ones — the comments made in anger, the posting that doesn’t quite violate terms of service or the diatribe littered with poor punctuation and no clear direction? As with anything else in social media, it helps to have a plan. Patrick Powers
With the amount of social media pumping out of each school, how are institutions able to control their message? As social media evolves into this means of survival, how can colleges make sure they’re sending the right message -- a message that can help them recruit top tier students and stay connected to their audience? Bostinno