This section is intended to aid in your social media practice and implementation. Any Boston College employee who manages or oversees social media channels should join the Social Media Council Facebook Group

If you have suggestions or questions, please contact social@bc.edu

 

Social Media Support


 

When you use social channels from an official Boston College account, you are representing the BC brand and the University. The BC Social Media Team has created simple guidelines to follow to create usernames, avatars or profile icons, and background or cover images.

All official University accounts should utilize the profile icons provided by the Office of University Communications.

BC social media accounts should also be registered on the BC Social Media Directory. If an account is active and missing, fill out this form

Branding Starter Kit

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Instagram Photo: @meaganroecker

Need a little more help with the social media lingo? HubSpot put together a list of social media terms and definitions.

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Instagram Photo: @kkkbent.jpg

Sprout Social’s Sizing Cheat Sheet

This website is the key to all your image sizing questions. It is kept up to date and includes all social media platforms. It is important to size photos and graphics to the correct size so that audiences see the appropriate, undistorted images.

 

Video Specs Cheat Sheet

Sprout Social also created a cheat sheet for video dimentions, ratios, file sizes, formats, and length. 

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Instagram Photo: @mariacire

Only post images on social media that you have permission to use, including those from fans. Many times followers will send photos. It is always worth a direct message to ensure it permissible to use the media on your channel.

The Office of University Communications maintains a collection of Boston College stock images available to the BC communication. BC credentials are required to login and VPN is required if off campus.

The Burns Library Flckr account provides a collection of historic and interesting BC photos.

If you are in need of stock images a variety of websites exist but it is imperative that you read all policies and guidelines regarding their usage. PicMonkey provides a list of sites, and the BC social media team has found Pixabay to have a wide array.

 

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Instagram Photo: @liamweir

Many of us are not Photoshop gurus but graphics continue to become a growing part of the social media landscape. Here are some useful tools to make stunning social graphics (and beyond) that are easy to use:

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Instagram Photo: @j.ange1_

Hashtags (#) are used on most social networks - but most widely on Twitter and Instagram - as a way to explain or tag a message. They unite themes and topics and categorize information to make posts searchable.

The use of hashtags makes your posts and accounts easier to find and share, but be weary of using too many in the same post. Too many hashtags distract your audience, may look like spam and some channels, including Twitter, may even flag it as spam.

Connect with the Boston College community with the most commonly used hashtags at BC:

#WeAreBC An all-encompassing phrase to reach the BC community and show off Boston College pride
#bc360 User-generated content; use to be featured on the BC Instagram feed
#BCAppa Follow the hundreds of BC students who spend their spring break doing service projects as part of the Appalachia Volunteers program.
#BCBabies The next generation of Eagles displaying BC pride
#BCEndeavor Keep connected with the Endeavor program, which works sophomores in the liberal arts to find a career path.
#BCExperts Used when identifying one of our many faculty or staff who excel in their given subject area
#BCHistory Used when people are talking about the University’s history
#BCJobShadow Students spend their breaks with BC alumni in prospective career fields. See the results.
#BCMatch When cupid strikes on the Heights
#BConBreak A look at Boston College pride on display around the world (usually taken during the semester, spring, and summer breaks)
#BCParents Not only providing Parents' Weekend updates and news, but also a look at what a BC parent is all about
#BCPets Our favorite furry friends doning BC gear or on the BC campus
#BCReunion Get all the Reunion Weekend buzz and see all happenings on the Heights when Eagles reunite
#BCVentures Used when talking about one of the many BC alumni or student startups or the programming surrounding the active venture community on the BC campus
#BostonCollege Any photo taken on the Boston College campus (usually used on Instagram)
#EaglesforOthers A modified version of the Jesuit phrase, "men and women for others" stands as a motto to explain that social justice is a foundational element of Jesuit education worldwide.
#EvertoExcel The Boston College motto derived from the sixth book of Homer's Ilia.
#GassonGram Paired with photos of our iconic and beautiful Gasson Hall
#BC____ Join in by welcoming BC’s newest class each year with the specific graduating year (e.g., #BC2023, #BC2024, etc.)

 

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Instagram Photo: @a.eichler

Until you hit the "Tweet" button, it is sometimes impossible to know what a link preview will look like. Or if one will show up at all. Use Twitter's Card Validator to see the preview of the link you'd like to use, including what photo will be displayed and in what proportion. If you see "Unable to render Card preview," no preview box will be displayed with your tweet.

 

Tweet Card Validator

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Instagram Photo: @vecchiophotography