With 140 characters or less, social media regulars receive the latest deets on everything from the advertures of their favorite celebs to up-to-the minute info on their close friends’ whereabouts to a blow-by-blow account of the Arab Spring. But Twitter is more than a news feed, it’s also a professional tool, and following people who interest and inspire you can enhance your college experience. Instead of only following your celeb obsessions or BFFs, try useful college resources, prominent organizations and established leaders.
To help you get started for back to school season, BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights 9 Twitter accounts that will help keep college students in the know. Let us know your favorite Twitter account (on or off this list) below!
HBCU Buzz Inc. (@HBCUBuzz) Stay connected with the leading source of HBCU news for America’s 105 historically black colleges and universities. This feed dishes the latest in sports, fashion, business and music news within the HBCU community.
HuffPost College (@HuffPostCollege) Powered by the Huffington Post’s college site, these tweets are all things college—from helpful how to’s to save money on textbooks to ways to deal with student loan debt.
The BOSS Network (@TheBOSSNetwork) This female-centered networking organization focuses on revving up the entrepreneurial spirit in professional women. The BOSS Network—Bringing Out Successful Sisters—is one of the premiere resources for connecting and promoting women of color in business. Join in the conversation and see when the next networking event is by pressing “Follow.” It’s never too early to start talking business.
CNN (@CNN) It’s no secret how hard it can be to keep up with happenings off campus, especially in between classes, study sessions and the couple of hours you have to spare, but including CNN on your TL can change things. Following this news outlet will help students stay in touch with breaking news in the U.S. and internationally.
Valeisha Butterfield (@valeisha) The co-founder and chair of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) is one of today’s top young executives giving back to communities worldwide. The Clark Atlanta University graduate developed the non-profit organization for women and men committed to promoting a positive portrayal of women in the entertainment industry through educational programming. Butterfield served as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for International Trade from 2009 – 2011. Before receiving the presidential appointment, she served as Executive Director of Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, a non-profit dedicated to voter awareness and youth empowerment.
College Info Geek (@collegeinfogeek) This twitter feed makes the term geek seem abnormally cool. Suggesting on and off-campus resources, the latest tech tools, and op-ed based advice from current students, why wouldn’t you follow? As College Info Geek points out, it’s helping you be “awesome at college.” The great giveaways are an added bonus.
avenuepink (@avenuepink) Interviewing notable people of color such as Beverly Bond, Michaela Angela Davis and Jesse Jackson, Avenue Pink has made a lane for itself in the online talk radio realm. The co-owning duo Chasity Saunders and Quan LaTeef facilitate and support thought leadership among young professionals, as well as infuse news and what’s trending into their conversations.
Cornel West (@CornelWest) It’s rare you’ll find students eager to follow any professor on a social media network, but that’s not the case with this Princeton University professor. Dr. Cornel West, an African American scholar, political activist and skilled philosopher, tweets intellectual musings, the latest on his radio show he hosts with Tavis Smiley and what’s on his playlist.
Unigo College Search (@Unigo) After choosing to peruse this account, you may even decide to favorite a few tweets. It’s well worth it! Experts and college students alike weigh in on some of college life’s most pressing issues.