digital identity Tag

While hanging out with friends, someone asked the group what our first online screen name was. We all shared and laughed as each one was more obnoxious than the previous. BigBlueEyez22 LookAtMe_LookAtMe Itz*MEEEEEEEEEE TheKooliest sportygirl9 footballdemon i<3puppies CrappyMcCrapper Luckily we've all grown up and realized that those names, while fun and cool when we...

Dan McDowell is a junior at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, studying Political Science with a minor in Public Policy. He’s currently the Speaker of the Student Senate in the Undergraduate Student Government, contributes to the SGA Collaborative, and moderates the #SGAChat on Twitter. He took a break from his busy schedule to talk with us about using social media to engage his campus with student government. How useful have web tools like blogging or Twitter been in achieving your goals, both in Student Government and personally? Our student government is just starting to dip into the realm of social media and working to build a stronger presence. We launched a new website at the very beginning of this year that includes a blog and a transparency tracker for legislative votes, as well as a variety of pages to aid those seeking out what we do, or trying to find out how to utilize our services or join up. Personally, I have utilized my Twitter to participate in a variety of discussions—from local politics to student government and student affairs. I use my Facebook page to announce events across campus and try and get students involved. I also utilize LinkedIn as a professional resource, and have a personal blog, One Part Student.