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ALUMnI GROUPS

Now you can join an Internet group comprised of other OSU alumni who share your interests, major,

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here’s no question that Facebook has become the most dominant social network in existence. It has more than 400 million members from nearly every country of the world and grows by more than 500,000 people a day. But how many of those people are you going to know from Oklahoma State? Thanks to several new tools on the Alumni Association’s orangeconnection.org website, you can enjoy all the benefits of Facebook in a community filled only by loyal and true OSU graduates and supporters. The first new tool is called Groups, and it caters to your history at OSU better than any Facebook group ever could. It scans your profile and academic record for key identifiers such as your major, class year and career. Then when you log in, it suggests you might want to join the “Class of 1971” group or the “Accounting” group, for example. Some groups are pre-populated based on your profile, beginning with your location. More than half of all OSU alumni live within 50 miles of an OSU alumni chapter or watch club. The Alumni Association automatically puts you in the chapter group closest to you so you can immediately begin interacting with alumni in your area. In the near future, chapter leaders will also be able to use the Groups tool to contact you about upcoming events.

Want to start your own group? Go right ahead! Members can create their own groups based on any topic and invite other members of the OSU community to join and interact. Just like Facebook, each group has its own “wall” where members can post stories, pictures, videos and links, which will appear in a live feed. Group members also have their class notes displayed on the group homepage and can chat live with other members online at any given time. The best part is you don’t have to drop your Facebook account to use the groups. In fact, you can use orangeconnection.org’s second new tool, FacebookConnect, to automatically display your Facebook profile picture to group members so you can easily be recognized. To begin interacting with alumni in your area or with your interests, go to orangeconnection.org/groups. You will need to log in with a username or register with your membership ID (located above your mailing address on this magazine) to see what groups are available to you. if you have questions about these new tools, contact Chase Carter at 405-744-2066 or chase.carter@okstate.edu.

STATE Magazine, Spring 2010  

STATE Magazine is the official magazine of Oklahoma State University.