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Tech Coffee Break – Aug. 1, 2016

Ryan Buetow, Facilitator
18 attendees

SharePoint and OneDrive

Becky Koch said that SharePoint and OneDrive will be affected by the transition of email from NDSU to the University System since they’re all part of Office 365 in the cloud. No more SharePoint sites are being created now. A transition schedule and plan are still being developed.

OneDrive has a lot of space but is limited to 20,000 files. Becky tried to move all her documents and photos, but maxed out the system so is cleaning out files.

Bob Bertsch clarified that OneDrive synchs your computer with the cloud location, so you have the files both places.

Innovate Event Oct. 17

Bob announced that the NDSU Extension Innovation Team is planning an Innovate Event for faculty and staff on Oct. 17, the Monday before Fall Conference. The idea is to give teams and individuals time in a fun and creative atmosphere to create some innovation for Extension programming or issues. It’s based on a similar Ohio State event where Bob was an innovation coach. Registration will be as a pre-conference.

Dena said the email that will come soon will provide more details and motivate staff to attend. Details also will be on the Innovation Team website.

Social Media

Ryan said Facebook seems to be the most popular social media platform. He created a Facebook page for the DREC, which is mostly agronomy.

When Grand Forks County posts on Twitter, the message also goes to Facebook. Abbey Wick and Daryl Ritchison post nearly every day on Twitter. Use hashtags to help boost posts. Bayer CropScience does a good job of using infographics. When a company like Bayer retweets your information, it goes to all their followers.

Instagram shares photos and videos, and is owned by Facebook. It’s simple to upload a photo from the app. Like Twitter, use hashtags.

Jim Gray asked if there are demographics on who uses which social media platforms. Can we give staff advice on what social media to focus on if they have limited time? Bob shared the Pew Research Center’s Demographics of Social Media Users.

Carole Hadlich said with Facebook, you can tag others to connect. Michael Knudson said we should try to gather demographics from our followers. What he likes with using other platforms is that they’re all connected so he has to only post once. He posts mostly on Twitter, but the content also goes to his Facebook site. Bob suggested looking at analytics since crosspostings often don’t have the same level of engagement compared to if you design a post for a targeted platform. Michael said there’s more engagement if there’s a photo or video.

Ryan shared insights of the DREC Agronomy Facebook site. The 70 people are younger. He hasn’t paid for any boosting.

Glenn Muske has been working with colleagues across the country to test titles, photos, time of day, etc. on various social media platforms.

Ryan uses Snapchat with Geofilters. How could NDSU get our messages across incorporating filters? Both free and on-demand filters exist. He thinks universities are free. Maybe we should create ag facts for people as they travel along the interstates.

Is there a way we could use Pokemon Go? Have Pokestops at NDSU locations?

Next Tech Coffee Break

3 p.m. CDT, Monday, Sept. 12

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