Posts Tagged ‘alum’

The Facebook of 2012 Goes Back to its 2004 Roots

Yesterday the Facebook of old reared its head! No you don’t have to request a Facebook page for your school. Soon, schools will soon have their own private Idaho within something called “Groups for Schools.”

Here’s what Facebook has to say about:

See what’s happening around campus!

  • Find groups for your classes, clubs, and more
  • Post files like lecture notes or assignments
  • Easily message other students and teachers

Of course, it’s an obvious step for the massive social site. It’s actually a surprise that it didn’t happen sooner. Oh, say, when groups were pushed out to their user base as the perfect place to talk with friends and, groups.

Why are they going back to their roots?

I suspect they know what everyone else knows: Facebook has gotten to be too big at nearly 1 billion users. Yes, with a B.

It’s incredibly difficult to have a conversation with a stadium of people. Have you noticed?  There’s so much noise and the filters don’t do enough to make it easy for the everyday Facebook user.

The solution I hear (and have heard from students and non-students) is to remove friends who aren’t impacting their News Feed. That approach makes sense to me. Or will something like this back to the roots of Facebook idea have an impact?

Who is out of luck?

All students who graduate and lose their .edu address will have to say good-bye to their school group. If you’re a student, now is the time to push for an alum email address via Google Apps or Microsoft Live@edu.

When will it be available?

Great question. Facebook said that they will communicate the news when their school group is available. I you want to be sure you are in the know, go to the Groups for Schools page, search for your school, then add your email address to be notified.


Students go ga-ga for ‘Undo Send’

Every time I tell students about the lab feature Undo Send within seconds they are giddy with excitement about how much this is going to save them. That’s right – going to. Inevitably their thoughts go back to an email they wish they could have unsent but the possibility of never having that worry again is mesmerizing.

At a student club leader presentation two weeks ago I reviewed a number of labs and explained Undo Send. Note – I had approximatley 5-10 minutes to review the entire Google Apps suite so I was going quickly. About 3 seconds after I explained Undo Send and had paused for effect one student literally gasped with jaw agape! You could see the “OMG HFCIT FTW” look across her face. She was elated.

Though not at profound a reaction, possibly because of the brain melt that has affected them, students also smile a the fact that they can change the undo time from 5 seconds to 10 seconds.

Tasks has graduated to become an official part of GMail, when will Undo Send.

Nobody has snubbed the lab feature. Yet. Will someone? I’d be amazed. Continue reading

When will my Gryphon Mail account be deleted?

As graduation approaches Sarah Lawrence students begin asking the question “When will my Gryphon Mail account be deleted?” There are two ways to answer this question.

The short answer is…


The long answer is…

Sarah Lawrence College students (undergraduate and graduate) that complete their degree keep their SLC email for life. There is no need to use it every week, month, year to keep it active as was necessary in the past. Remember, the address is a great tool to use when applying to jobs, sending out your work (writing, music, etc.), reaching out to SLC alum, etc.

Alums that graduated before Gryphon Mail was implemented can claim their Gryphon Mail account here:
Your account is waiting for you.

Please refer to the Help Desk page to read the Gryphon Mail FAQs if you have questions.

Gryphon Mail for Alumnae/i

This afternoon a discussion on how best to invite and support the SLC Alumnae/i took place. Yes, SLC wants to stay in contact with you. Recently an online community was launched specifically for you. Nearly 1,500 alums have signed up. But what does that mean if you want to join other SLC online communities – such as facebook?

There is little worry now on how to provide accounts to the Alum Community. The biggest question is: How should they be supported?

With nearly as many people in the online community as there are active students the support staff could find themselves overwhelmed by support requests.

I’ve been advised by Bernie (at Lake Head University) that he will have someone from the Help Desk give me a call. In the mean time I’ve posted a request for help to the SMALLCOL listserv.

Something interesting to note regarding the SMALLCOL listserv. I have had heard from two schools asking me to share the replies I received – Cedar Crest College and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. It looks like schools want to make the jump to Google Apps… More thoughts on it later.