Massey's facebook page has had a big increase in "fans" since electronic publications co-ordinator David Wiltshire took over as administrator eight months ago.
The page has been in existence for several years (it got its first "like" – or fan – in October 2009). In November last year it had about 1000 fans and yesterday topped 5000. Mr Wiltshire says he tries to post and share links to articles of interest to the Massey community – students, staff, alumni and other stakeholders – as well as share Massey articles with other facebook communities (groups of facebook users with mutual interests).
"We've only really just got started – there is massive growth potential," he says. "Social media has exploded over the past few years, as everyone knows. It certainly makes it easier to attract fans from across the spectrum when Massey staff and students are involved in such a diverse array of fascinating fields – things that people are genuinely passionate about and that are recognised as important to New Zealand and the world."
Check out Massey on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/masseyuniversity