Vanderbilt takes bronze medal in social media Olympics

Monday, February 15, 2010 at 11:45pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt University may not be able to claim any members on the U.S. bobsledding team in Vancouver, but they can show off their bronze medal as a social media innovator.

CollegeSurfing.com recently compiled a list of social media innovators among the nation’s top colleges and universities and awarded them gold, silver and bronze medals in honor of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The only strength needed in this contest was the ability to shoulder the weight of Facebook fans and the stamina to maintain a news-filled Twitter feed.

Vanderbilt flexed its social media muscle with a Facebook page with more than 10,000 fans and a dizzying roll of Twitter feeds, but it may have been the almost daily YouTube videos that pushed the school up on the list.

The ‘Dores – the only school in Tennessee to make the list – ranked No. 31 in the first ever “Web 2.0 College Olympics.”

Who’s at the top of this illustrious list? Tufts University, Johns Hopkins University, Ithaca College, Butler University and Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing round out the top 5.