This year Rice University’s Office of Public Affairs again collected students’ photos, videos and tweets from O-Week and shared the experience on rice.edu. Students were encouraged to include the hashtag #oweek2012 on their posts and tweets; a compilation of their communications can be found by rice.edu/oweek2012.
The O-Week materials have been archived using Storify, a website that creates and preserves stories using social media, photos and videos.
“This is the second year we’ve used Storify, and students seem receptive to it and made good use of the hashtag,” said Kristin McCasland, web and social media specialist in the Office of Public Affairs. “We have great photos, quotes and video from the week, and the O-week 2012 Storify project has already had close to 3,100 views.”
Storify is a great way to experience O-Week as the students did, said Sean Riger, director of Web development.
“I’m very happy with how successful the Storify project has been,” he said. “I think it’s especially exciting that when this incoming class looks back on their beginnings, not only will they get a chance to relive Rice’s centennial year, but they will get to do so through their own tweets, photos and videos. Because we used their social media content, we essentially captured the world in time, digitally, through their very eyes.”