July 1, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference announced Wednesday the launch of its official Facebook page and several Twitter accounts as new social media platforms where fans can gain exclusive real-time access to official BIG EAST content, including breaking news, video, photos and more that can’t be found anywhere else.

The Conference has launched these platforms as a means to both feed content that resides on the official BIG EAST Web site, www.BIGEAST.org, and to supplement that content for fans and followers on these sites with an inside look at what is happening around the league and in the league office from BIG EAST staff members dealing with each of the league’s 24 sponsored sports.

“We are constantly evaluating the opportunities that exist in the ever-changing world of the Internet and social media,” BIG EAST Commissioner John Marinatto said. “Launching our presence on Facebook and Twitter will not only provide us a unique vehicle to further develop our brand, but it will allow us another way to provide our content to fans of the league and our 16 schools, many of whom are students and alumni who frequently access these sites.”

BIG EAST fans and followers should expect to see breaking news, including preseason polls, players of the week and all-conference team announcements on these sites before they can be found anywhere else.

Fans can access the official Facebook page of the BIG EAST Conference by searching BIG EAST Conference in Facebook or by clicking here.

The BIG EAST has also launched five different Twitter accounts, where fans can gain access to official BIG EAST “tweets” or messages containing 140 characters or less about a particular sport or championship.

BIG EAST Twitter Accounts
@BigEastConf – All news and information about the league and its 24 sponsored sports. Follow now by visiting www.twitter.com/BigEastConf.

@BigEastFB – All news and information about BIG EAST football. Follow now by visiting www.twitter.com/BigEastFB.

@BigEastMBB – All news and information about BIG EAST men’s basketball. Follow now by visiting www.twitter.com/BigEastMBB.

@BigEastWBB – All news and information about BIG EAST women’s basketball. Follow now by visiting www.twitter.com/BigEastWBB.

@BigEastChamps – Look for real-time updates from BIG EAST Championship sites in all sports as well as any news or information pertaining to conference championships on this account. Follow now by visiting www.twitter.com/BigEastChamps.

Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?

Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.