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APSU has one of fastest-growing Facebook fan pages in nation

With social networking media becoming the norm in higher education, Austin Peay State University has the eighth fastest-growing Facebook fan page in the nation, according to data compiled by a consultant company.

In addition, APSUs Facebook page is the 25th fastest-growing of all universities – a total of 1,035 – that were noted in the data.

BlueFuego, a Web and social networking consultant company for higher education, has released recent data concerning Facebook fan page growth.
With social networking media becoming the norm in higher education, Austin Peay State University has the eighth fastest-growing Facebook fan page in the nation, according to data compiled by a consultant company.

In addition, APSU's Facebook page is the 25th fastest-growing of all universities — a total of 1,035 — that were noted in the data.

BlueFuego, a Web and social networking consultant company for higher education, has released recent data concerning Facebook fan page growth.

In the “medium-sized school” category, categorized as enrollment between 5,000-and 9,999 students, APSU's main fan page is the eighth fastest growing Facebook fan page in the nation, with a fan base growth of 254 percent from April 1-July 1, 2009. There were 171 medium-sized schools in the U.S. listed in BlueFuego data.

Steve Wilson, assistant director of Web and multimedia design, said having a Facebook fan page is part of efforts to market APSU in the social network media arena.

“It's a ballooning effect, in which our Facebook fans will have our posts seen by their friends who may not be fans, they join and the appeal will grow,” he said.

The complete findings can be accessed at the following URL address: http://bluefuego.com/index.php/2009/07/facebook-fan-pages-in-higher-ed/. -- Melony Shemberger