Happy Birthday, Mason Nation Project!
Posted: September 16, 2013 at 5:01 am, Last Updated: September 17, 2013 at 6:55 am
By Tara Laskowski and Beth Pullias
This week we are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Mason Nation Project, a Twitter experiment that each week allows a new Patriot — students, faculty, staff or alumni — to tweet from the university’s official account @GeorgeMasonU, telling us about classes and/or students, recommending places to eat or events to check out and sharing his or her unique viewpoints and ideas along the way.
The project has gained national attention, including being named Best Social Media Idea of the Month in August 2013 by Social Media for Colleges blog and made their top 50 Great Social Media Ideas for Higher Ed. We’ve also been highlighted in a CASE blog and Future Index back in July.
Over the last year, we’ve heard from freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students; faculty researchers; university staff; and alumni. Forty-eight different curators have taken the helm and tweeted on behalf of George Mason, celebrating the true diversity of the university and putting a spotlight on their unique corner of campus.
From ultimate Frisbee to Fall for the Book, economics to space, commuting woes to graduation pride, the Mason Nation Project has opened our eyes to all the amazing stories each of our community members has to share.
Thank you to all our curators for making this such a fun and successful experiment, and thank you to all our followers.
Following are some of our favorite tweets from the past year, and what we’ve learned from The Mason Nation Project.
Top Things We’ve Learned from The Mason Nation Project This Past Year
1. You can successfully cook Ramen noodles in a coffee pot. (Courtesy of freshman Sarah Gabrial Smith, week of (w/o) September 17, 2012)
8. Some of our professors commute farther than you think—like by plane. (Courtesy of former English professor Mark Sample, w/o December 2, 2012)
If you think you would be a great voice for the project, fill out our nomination form.
Write to Beth Pullias at firstname.lastname@example.org