Using Social Media Platforms for Teachers’ Day 2009

Many things have changed since our last Teachers’ Day website. Social media has taken off in a big way. If Facebook was the vehicle that brought social media to the mainstream, Twitter is the shiny new Ferrari F70 of the online space.

Celebrities are using it to speak to their fans without the intervention of their agents, sportsmen and sportswomen update followers on their latest training regimen and even U.S. President Barack Obama uses it to garner support and understanding of his policies.

So rather than keep this year’s messages from students past and present to ourselves on the Teachers’ Day website, we wanted to use Twitter as a means to send messages the whole world could read and possibly even participate with us.

Feel free to drop a comment if you think something could be improved – it’s a pretty novel idea for us, so I’m sure we have a lot to learn!

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6 responses to “Using Social Media Platforms for Teachers’ Day 2009

  1. Why use Twitter and Flikr when one can post up comments/pictures/videos on Facebook? So much easier to have ONE platform to track all dedications, plus can share with other friends…

    • Facebook, while offering the convenience of a single platform, comes across as a rather closed system. We wanted to work on platforms which allowed us to embed and feature the content, with the platform itself taking a less overwhelming presence.

  2. Nice work! (:

    I like the way I was linked to this via twitter as well! 😉

    Look forward to seeing more of your stuff,

    Thanks, Lau

  3. germaine chong sum ee

    Happy Teacher Day!!

    Dear mdm sartinl,

    Thank you for teaching me my mistake.

    Hope you have a happy hoilday!!!

  4. So how do you feel about the tweet “I’m still very happy because with SR Nathan going to the celebrations at Maha Bodhi, students at Manjusri can f*** off earlier. #tday09” on the front page of http://teachersday.sg ?

    • The use of social media is definitely a learning point for us all. The tweet wasn’t malicious, as many others could have been. We’ve put in certain language filters, but would still like to preserve the authenticity and spontaneity of the online medium.

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