Ranking: U of Minnesota has a lot of social media clout

These days it's all about social networking and influence -- even among colleges. And it looks like the U of M ain't too shabby.

A piece on The Huffington Post puts the U in 9th place -- behind fourth-place University of Wisconsin, unfortunately, and tied with the U of Texas-Austin and Marquette University  -- according to scores generated by Klout, a Web site that evaluates the "influence" of Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Klout scores range from 1 to 100 and take into account about three dozen factors such as number of followers, retweets and comments by other users.

As Huffington Post writer Megan Berry explains:

Twitter influence is a revealing metric for colleges.The most influential ones must be both tech-savvy enough to have a well managed Twitter account and have the most influential professors, alums, and others engaging with them.

The rankings:

  1. Stanford University: 70

  2. Syracuse University: 64

  3. Harvard University: 64

  4. University of Wisconsin - Madison: 64

  5. University of California - Berkeley: 56

  6. Butler University: 56

  7. Tufts University: 55

  8. Temple University: 53

  9. University of Minnesota: 52

  10. University of Texas - Austin: 52

  11. Marquette University: 52

  12. Indiana University: 51

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