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7 Reasons Universities and Colleges are Building Social Hubs and Why They’re Choosing Swizly to Connect with Alumni, Faculty, Students and Prospects

88% of universities and colleges are using 6 or more social media channels. Swizly has now answered a need to centralize all social content in a single hub that keeps an entire community of students, alumni, faculty members and prospective students up to date and connected.

(PRWEB) March 25, 2015

Swizly, formerly GetPressi, is the reengineered social media aggregator, that connects blogs and over 10 different social media channels. It updates original and user-generated content in near real-time, customizes to brand guidelines and can be set up in minutes to create an institution’s social media mashup page.

This is why Swizly is rapidly gaining traction as every month more colleges and universities sign up to create their customized social hubs. Today, Swizly signed up their 100th institution. “We are ramping up with more than 20 other requests in the pipeline”, says Senior Customer Care Representative, Marc Srour.

“Now, we have a clearly defined online brand that resonates with our students, staff, faculty, alumni and even prospective students.” Saint Anselm College, a platform subscriber.

The top 7 reasons behind the appeal to the Swizlysocial tool include:

1.    Cost Effectiveness: Swizly is a self-service platform that enables subscribers to build and customize a social hub in minutes for a minimal annual fee, without any additional costs for set up and branding.

2.    User-Friendly: institutions seamlessly connect multiple channels and accounts from over 10 social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube, in addition to RSS feeds, without a need for a developer. Fans and especially non-fans can view all the content on a single page.

3.    Visitor Retention: engaging visitors with social content, and offering the flexibility to share social content directly from their social hub; Swizly can also be embedded into the school’s website or Facebook page.

4.    Near Real-Time Updates: unlike other platforms, social feeds and hashtag aggregation are kept updated with the speed of social media.

5.    Mobile Web App: as social media on mobile devices has now surpassed 50%, Swizly includes a simple solution for fans and non-fans to quickly access the school’s content channels. It also helps institutions avoid the hassle and cost of developing and submitting a native app to both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

6.    Content Moderation and Content Curation: the institution has the liberty to manually publish and control what is posted on their social hub. #kegstand coupled with #theirUni is probably something institutions would not want to publish.

7.    Simplified Marketing: marketing multiple social channels, especially offline, can get convoluted. Deploying a social hub allows the institution the ability to promote a single destination, such as social.yourschool.com.

If you want to communicate the spirit of your college or university, and to show visitors campus life from a student’s point of view just sign up to Swizly, a social hub can say it all.

Swizly is currently offering a 14-day trial and 34% off on annual subscriptions which expire end of April.

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5 Outstanding Sites For Free Stock Photos

If you don’t have a stock photo account and if you’re not keen on paying the steep per-image cost – fret no more. Luckily, more and more free-photo engines are sprouting by the day.

Here are some of our all time favorites, packed with hi-res digital stock photographs for your commercial use:

MorgueFile:

“The term “morgueFile” is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web’s morgueFile.”

Unsplash

“All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.”

Magdeleine

“Hand-picked free photos for your inspiration.”

Life of Pix

Free high-resolution photos, no copyright restrictions. Images for personal commercial use. New photographs added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain.”

SplitShire

“Free high quality photos with no copyright restrictions and a real look, for personal and commercial use.”

StockSnap

“Beautiful free stock photos. Hundreds of high resolution images added weekly.”

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The Android Flagships of MWC 2015

It’s that time of year again! Mobile World Congress is over, and we’re left gawking with brand new tech goodness.

Out of all companies and manufacturers that were present at MWC, there’s no denying the fact that HTC and Samsung stole the show this year; both phone manufacturers unveiled their new flagship smartphones to an eager audience around the globe.

HTC introduced the One M9 model to a fairly unsurprised crowd; the reason being the considerable amount of leaks that have surfaced during the past few weeks. The One M9 is highly similar to last year’s One M8 in design; with the only difference being the power button, which has migrated from the top of the phone to the side, and the omission of the second camera on the back. The M8’s design was highly praised by reviewers last year, and the only issue most people had with the phone were with the camera.

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Not to delve too deep into phone specs, the One M9 is powered by the Qualcomm’s new and powerful Snapdragon 810 processor, has 3GB of RAM, 32GB onboard expandable storage, a 2,840 mAH battery, and runs Sense 7 UI on top of Android 5.0. The biggest change, however, is the camera; HTC finally moved its Ultrapixel camera from the back of the phone, to the front of the phone – a smart move since Ultrapixel technology absorbs more light – and has replaced it with a 20.7 megapixel camera. HTC also refused to follow the trend of QHD screens and ever-increasing display size, so they left the screen at 5” with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The impressive specs, coupled with HTC’s premium aluminum design, were bound to get a positive reaction from tech fans, right? Wrong.

The One M9 was met with cries of disappointment, since most of these tech fans were expecting a major design overhaul, not just the revamped specs. The Verge has even dubbed the One M9 as “the world’s most beautiful disappointment”.

Samsung introduced not one, but two flagship phones this year: the S6 and the S6 Edge. Not unlike HTC, both samsung phones were leaked, albeit not as heavily as the One M9. Samsung managed to garner a slightly more positive reaction from tech fans, since they took a whole new direction in terms of design, they didn’t hold back on the specs, and they introduced something that’s new to the market: a phone with the screen curved on both edges.

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It’s pretty well known that last year’s Samsung S5 was a failure; it didn’t introduce any groundbreaking features, and didn’t differ from the design of its predecessor, the S4. By the time the S5 was released, people were getting sick of the fake metal sides and plastic backs, since they were buying a flagship phone, so they voiced their complaints on various social media platforms and tech websites.

Samsung took note, no pun intended, started from scratch material wise, and released the S6 and S6 Edge with real metal edges, and a glass back. The S6 and S6 Edge not only look like premium flagships, they run like ones as well. On the inside, both phones share the Exynos 7420 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32/64/128 GB fixed storage. Yes, fixed storage, because both S6 and S6 Edge phones don’t support SD cards, they don’t have removable batteries, and they aren’t waterproof like their predecessor; this has left some fans disappointed. Another similarity is display, with a size of 5.1”, and resolution of 1440 x 2560. There is, however, a difference in battery capacity: the S6 has a 2,550 mAh battery, and the S6 Edge has a 2.600 mAh battery. Both phones run Touchwiz UI on top of Android 5.0, Samsung’s own version of Android, which has been also refined and rid of excessive bloatware.

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As expected, there was more interest in the S6 Edge, since the concept is still rather new to consumers, but that doesn’t mean that the S6 garnered any negative reviews by eager tech fans.

Both HTC and Samsung are listening to the demands and suggestions of the public. It’s not all about releasing a phone and forcing the consumer to like it. No, the game has changed this year; they have released phones that are tailored for the consumer. HTC already had a great product, and tried to make it better this year; while Samsung learned from its previous mistakes, and refined their product. It’s comforting to know that companies are getting more and more concerned with what people have to say, and this will encourage people to voice their opinions on social media, since they now know that there is someone listening on the other side.