To give our Consortium and colleagues across the country and around the globe a greater chance to keep up with START news, researchers and projects, we will be increasing our presence through social media channels Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
By connecting with START through social media, you can receive the latest news from START as it happens. Through Twitter, we first let our followers know about the START Research Brief, Violent Jihadism in Real Time: Al-Shabaab's Use of Twitter, which found that Al-Shabaab's Twitter account made more than 300,000 gross impressions over two days. Our followers shared that tweet nearly 20 times within three days, disseminating the brief out to thousands more.
On our Facebook page, we post job opportunities with START in addition to opportunities in the homeland security arena. Our Twitter page also alerts followers of the latest published research and features daily "This Day in Terrorism" updates pulled from the Global Terrorism Database.
To further reward our friends, followers and connections, we will also be hosting contests and drawings with prizes such as t-shirts, mugs and gift cards. University of Maryland student Kate Gilles just won a Gas Card from START for sharing news about the Global Terrorism Minor.
To help support START's social media efforts and our ongoing commitment to research and education, you can "Like" and follow our Facebook and Twitter pages. One click can help spread START's latest research and updates.