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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

UC San Diego Alumni Association Launches New "AlumnIDea" Social Networking Website

Violet Mae Lim has been in touch to reminds us about The University of California, San Diego new alumni social networking website at http://ucsd.alumnidea.com.


The UC San Diego Alumni Association, working with Heavybag Media, has designed the "AlumnIDea" site to encourage interactive feedback on alumni programs such as reunions, career services and social events. UC San Diego is the first university to use this type of "crowdsourcing" platform for alumni feedback.
Alumni can submit their ideas to the Alumni Affairs office via the site; each idea can then be voted on by other UC San Diego alumni. The most popular ideas will be aggregated into a top ten section which are then considered for implementation by alumni leadership. The site offers a creative way for graduates to connect with their alma mater in an interactive environment, utilizing web 2.0 technology to help build a stronger alumni network.
"UC San Diego recognizes the importance of leveraging social networks to hear from our more than 125,000 alumni," said Armin Afsahi, assistant vice chancellor of UC San Diego Alumni Affairs and executive director of the UC San Diego Alumni Association. "Our mission is to help engage alumni with the university. AlumnIDea offers a fantastic new way for UCSD graduates to give feedback and help shape future alumni programming."
"AlumnIDea is a great example of an interactive communication platform for alumni to voice their opinions and share their ideas. Other universities could benefit from using social media to crowd-source ideas through their students and alumni," said Becky Carroll, Director of Social Media at Brickfish and author of the blog, Customers Rock (
www.customersrock.net).
For more information, visit
ucsd.alumnidea.com

About the UC San Diego Alumni Association
The University of California, San Diego, ranked the 7th best public university in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, is one of the nation's most accomplished research universities, widely acknowledged for its local impact, national influence and global reach.
The UC San Diego Alumni Association, formed in 1964 by a small group of early graduates, has grown to represent more than 125,000 alumni with a mission to foster lifelong engagement and a mutually beneficial relationship of alumni and students with UC San Diego.
The Association works to provide alumni with continued access to the resources of the university, communicate UC San Diego news and events, as well as facilitate a network for alumni and student interaction.
For information, please visit www.alumni.ucsd.edu.


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