Tips and Best Practices
Here are some tips and best practices for college programs operating their own social media accounts.
Creating Social Media Accounts
Use One Account
Avoid creating multiple accounts for one program (on the same platform), because that can dilute your audience. Stick with one account, even if it’s been a long time since you last posted.
Have a Backup
Keep your passwords secure, but make sure two or three people in the department have credentials to log in – so they can still post and keep the account active when you go on vacation or change jobs.
Posting on Social Media
Keep It Short
- Don’t write multiple paragraphs. Long posts generally are less engaging.
- Summarize the most important information and link to a website that contains all the details.
Keep It Simple
- Don't use images that include a lot of words or complex visual elements.
- Your post should be easy to read by someone who is quickly scrolling through their feed.
Make It Engaging
- Use emojis to draw attention.
- Tag people and groups that you mention by name, so they and their followers will see your post.
- Use popular hashtags to reach more people.
- Follow other accounts that are relevant to your program. It’s OK to occasionally retweet or share, when appropriate and with credit to the original source. This may encourage others to retweet or share your posts.
Make It Accessible – For Everyone
An important part of equity is making sure that everyone has access to the information you are sharing – including those with visual or hearing disabilities.
- Always check the colors of any designed image to be sure the words can be read by people with different types
- Your text color needs to stand out from your background colors
- Use a contrast checker to verify the color contrast of your image. (See below to learn how.)
- All relevant information should be in the text box of the post – even if the information is also in the image. Some people with low or no vision use assistive reading software that can't detect words in an image file.
- All videos should have open captions, for those who may not be able to hear the audio track.
- Make sure that students have given their consent before you post any photo that shows them in a recognizable way.
- Do not post images you find on the internet unless you have permission from the copyright holder. (That’s usually the person who created the image or photo, not necessarily the person who’s in it.)
Posting fresh content on a regular basis – at least 2-3 times a week – is essential if you want to get views, gain followers and engage your audience. (Nobody wants to follow an account that hasn’t posted for several months.)
- Make a calendar so you can plan posts about relevant events and identify the gaps you’ll need to fill.
- You can always post something that’s not on your calendar, but planning ahead will help keep your account active.
If you have any questions or want more assistance, contact the Office of Communications at email@example.com
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How To Check Contrast
A contrast checker is an online tool that will tell you if your images are accessible to everyone. Here's how to use the WebAIM contrast checker, developed by a nonprofit organization based at Utah State University's Institute for Disability Research, Policy and Practice.
- Use your web browser to visit the contrast checker site. (It will be easier if you work on a desktop screen.)
- Reduce the size of your browser window so you can open another window with the image you want to check.
- Look for the Foreground Color section of the contrast checker.
- Click on the color box that is next to the box with numbers in it. This will open a box with a color scale and an "eyedropper" tool
- Click the eyedropper icon next to the colored circle.
- Use the eyedropper to select the color of your text in the image you are checking (in the adjacent window).
- Repeat the steps in the Background Color section to select the color of your background.
Acceptable results include a ratio of 4.5:1 for normal text and 3:1 for large text.
Exceptions are allowed if your design is purely for decoration and does not convey any important information.