Campus Society

Author: Soraya C

Beirut based students – We’re coming for you!

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Uber and Campus Society are looking for an awesome team of campus ambassadors in Beirut!

Looking for an exciting opportunity to work with one of the fastest growing brands in the world?

Do you know the ins and outs of your city like the back of your hand? Well this semester, we’re looking for cool, smart, all-star students to help spread the UberLOVE across campuses in Beirut!

ARE YOU STUDENT AMBASSADOR MATERIAL?

  • Fun. You’re a charismatic person that can talk to just about anyone. You’re fearless, flexible and want to share something awesome with the world.
  • Organized. You follow through on tasks and know how to keep a calendar. It’s been a while since you were truly overwhelmed.
  • Connected. You have a robust/active online presence and familiarity with social media, along with a strong knowledge of Beirut events and happenings.
  • Motivated. You have strong integrity and want to learn the Uber ways.

AS AN UBER STUDENT AMBASSADOR, YOU WILL…

  • Source potential partnerships with your school’s organizations, events, and parties
  • Talk to anyone and everyone about Uber
  • Promote Uber via your personal and professional networks
  • Identify opportunities both on and off campus to promote Uber in a variety of creative ways
  • Make Uber a known brand and the transportation option of choice
  • Encourage college students’ ongoing and brand loyalty to Uber

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Uber is one of the fastest moving startups in the world in over 330+ cities worldwide. You’ll get hands-on experience growing the brand in your city. Student Ambassadors are showered with Uber credits so they can roll around in style, which means no more bumming rides off that one friend with a car.

You think you have what it takes?

Gotta get down on Tuesday

As I said the a few weeks ago Monday equals update. We’re based in London and yesterday was a British Bank Holiday (Carnival!) so this week Tuesday equals Monday which equals update.

As we enter the final straight before releasing the wonderful Campus Society mobile app -yes and only yes- we’d like to call upon our beloved users to give us a hand in the testing process. You’ve been helping out from the very best beginning and it is thanks to your feedback that we’ve been able to adapt our rhythm to your needs. We still have lots to do, and we will keep working to make you guys proud. This is why it makes perfect sense that you are the first ones giving us your opinion on the app.

Many of you have voiced your concern in the last couple of months: “Where’s the app?”  “When’s the app coming out?”  “Do you know you could develop an app that people would actually use? “.

Yes. The app is nearly here. At last!

If you’d like to be EVEN MORE amazing, you could be part of the first bunch of users downloading the app and telling us what you love and what you hate about it. Let’s say, tell us what’s a yay and what’s a nay. (Hate is a strong word).

The only thing we’d need you to do is dropping us a line about it on Campus Society – to either me, Soraya Castellanos or Daniel Sobey-Harker. We’ll keep you on the loop and give you a heads up as soon as the app is available on Google Play / the App Store.

As a bonus here we are, Sobey-Harker and me, having lunch without really talking to each other face to face – we only use Campus Society. 

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Thanks in advance guys – and see you on Campus Society!

A level results competition giveaway!

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Did you just get your A level results or know anyone who did?

To reward the hard work you’ve all put in we’re giving out iPads and other tablets with 50+ prizes in total. Participating is very, very easy.

What do you need to do?

1) Join the giveaway channel on Campus Society
http://www.campussociety.com/invitations/3753

2) Tell us your results and share your favourite snap from this summer!

Let me show you an example. This is a post from one of the participants.

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Congratulations Frankie on smashing your A levels!

If your results were amazing and you want to show off, here’s a chance to do it. If they were not so good, do not worry, we’re still extremely proud of you – you can win a prize too!

Got it? Then join us to win one of the awesome prizes we’ve got for you.

Yes, it’s that simple!

UK students are applicable and further information can be found here:

http://www.campussociety.com/pages/alevelgiveaway/

Weekly Update #5

Monday equals update, so here’s what’s on our to do list for the next 5 days!

As of this week, we will display a more extensive catalogue of majors, classes and channels from several UK Universities. If you were missing any of your classes at some point in the past, you can now take a look at the new options offered under “Explore” and continue building your dashboard. We hope you’ll find everything you need in there but, if that’s not the case, please let us know!

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Many of you have been asking about the mobile app lately. Is it happening? If so, when?

Yes, it is DEFINITELY happening for both Android and iOS.

We know how important it is to make the app available to all of our students as soon as possible, but we also want you to have the best experience when using it and this means we need to keep working on it for a little while.  We’re all very excited about the app in the office and really can’t wait to share it with you guys. Give us a few more weeks… we promise it’s going to be worth it!

In the meantime, we’re also improving the mobile version of the site for those of you who are already using CS on the go. From this week onwards, you will be able to log in on mobile through your Facebook account:

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As we mentioned last week, we’re still working on a weekly activity update. What did you miss while you were not around? The update will inform you of your new followers, comments, likes… you’ll get a personal summary on whatever is relevant to you.

On that line, you may have noticed that you now receive email notifications whenever another user privately messages you on a 1-2-1 chat on Campus while you’re offline.

For more updates you can follow us on twitter @Campussociety and Facebookand  don’t forget to come back next Monday to take a look at our weekly update!

Weekly update #4

Hello hello

We hope you’ve all had a great weekend and that you’re ready to kill it this week. We sure are! It’s Monday again, which means we bring you a hot update:

To recap…

We now have default channels. When you first sign up you will now land on the strongest channels – those with the most active users and the best content. This means you will be able to meet people with your same preferences and  discover what’s happening on CS even if it’s your first time on the site and you’re still trying to figure it out.

Talking about figuring out – we’ve included some “stamps” with helpful information to help first time users understanding what belongs where.

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As I mentioned last week, Adrian and Jamie were indeed cooking something. If you’ve been online lately you’ve probably noticed some style changes in the sidebar. Looking prettier than ever.

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This week, the team will continue working on some tasks we started last week such as the members bar, the admin controls or the activity update that will get emailed to our users on a weekly basis.

We will also be working on data gathering – as you already know, we were not supposed to cater for US Universities just yet, but due to an overwhelming response, we’re putting all of our efforts on it and we’re trying to get your courses and classes ready as soon as possible. We’ve also noticed (with the help of your feedback) that some courses are still missing or that they aren’t absolutely accurate in the UK. We want to get them all right so we will keep working on this, but please continue to let us know if you can’t find your university / course. Remember you can not only create your own groups but also your classes, so feel free to help us out with those if you can’t find the right one for you!

This week, we will also communicate who will be the ambassadors for 11 London Universities. We’d like to thank everyone who showed interest and got in touch. We really can’t wait to work with you guys – we’ve got great plans for the new academic year!

 – If you’re studying in London and you’re interested in the Ambassador Program, drop us an email with your CV stating the University you will attend and the name of your course / year you’re on. You can reach us at daniel@campussociety.com / soraya@campussociety.com -

I’m trying to keep it short and sweet this time so, that’s all folks!

 You can read me again next Monday.

Weekly update #3

Here’s our third weekly update to keep you on the loop about what’s going on behind the scenes!

If you’ve been around for the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably witnessed big changes on the site. We finally got some really important enhancements such as persistent notifications, improved navigation through the chat history or the possibility of muting the notification sound. And there’s many more things on the horizon.

This week, the team will be working on the following:

Default channels. We want to make it easier for first time users to explore the existing groups and create new ones.  Based on the success of our current channels, we are developing some default groups for everyone to land in when you first sign up. This will help you get in touch with other like-minded students and discover what’s happening on the site.

Style. There will be some changes in the UI. I can’t tell you which ones exactly but let me just say that things are going to look even prettier. Watch this space – Adrian and Jamie are cooking something!

Talking about pretty things… the team is also working on improving image quality so that your pictures will look as amazing as they do on your own devices when you share them with everyone else on CS.

Members bar.  Ever wondered who those hundreds of users who joined the Fitness channel are? You will now be able to see who is in every group thanks to this new functionality that will expose a full members list.

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We might need to get Abraham a cable management box

Admin controls. Channel administrators will be able to take ownership of their channels by being able to remove members or by sharing their administrator status with other users. Think of a Society channel for example: various administrators can work together to gain a better control of their group.

Even with the help of the wonderful persistent notifications it’s sometimes hard to keep up with everyone’s news. That’s why we’ve developed an Activity Update that will be emailed to our users weekly – this will include all the information that is relevant to you: new followers, likes, comments and replies.

Student life is hard enough as it is and we want to make things easier for our users. In order to make your first time on Campus Society enjoyable, fun and also pretty straight forward, we’re working on some support materials – FAQs and FTU tutorials.

Stay tuned for next week’s update!

 

Campus Society – Weekly Update #2

So here’s our second weekly update, fresh from the oven!

After the overwhelming response we received a couple of weeks ago (from the Reddit community specially) our tech guys have been working non-stop in fortifying the site. Scaling the number of users we can support has taken Feroze, Abraham and Jamie the biggest chunk of the last week, and although it won’t be as visible as a fancy new feature, it’s always been a priority for us. We need to be ready for you lot! The increase in capacity will translate in an optimization of the loading speed and general functionality of the website, even when being hit by a big number of users – something that we’re hoping will happen more often than not.

Here's our tech team working on some sweet new features.

Here’s our tech team working on some sweet new features.

Although that task alone was very demanding, our team of superheroes has managed to keep up to speed and we will witness a few other changes this week:

Persistent notifications (those we’re all craving!) will be available from this week onwards. These will make it easier to keep track of your conversations with other users, get all the information about what’s going on in your different channels, see who likes and comments on your posts etc.

We will also be seeing some changes in the sign up process. We’re working on simplifying the sign up process so that we can focus on what really matters.

The Public Enemy Number One, the notification sound, is going down too. As of this week you will be able to mute any channel to avoid going mad with that beautiful pop sound.

Another infamous issue, the impossibility of scrolling up on the chat history in order to read old messages, will be fixed with the new update this week too. We can all breath now!

Together with these main improvements, we will have other feature fixes like it’s the case of the polls, which will be fully functional by the end of the week.

As you can see, our team hasn’t stopped for a second (we sometimes have lunch*) but all this wouldn’t be possible without all your feedback. We’ve had hundred of users telling us what they love and what they hate day after day, and this has helped us a lot deciding what comes next. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

So I’m going to be a bit cheeky here and ask you to please continue to tell us what you love, what annoys you and what you can’t live without.

You will find a member of the team online at Campus Society 24/7, we’re here to help. You can show us some love, that’s always welcome, but please feel free to hit us with your questions, suggestions, and requests as well.

Don’t miss next week’s update, who knows what’s coming up next?

 

*Disclaimer: We do have lunch everyday. Sometimes even twice.

Meet the Team

We’re very, very, very happy to welcome hundreds of new faces to Campus Society. Since we launched the website on Monday the 29th of June, lots of students from all around the world have started contributing to the community. And this is just the beginning!

If you’ve been on Campus lately, you’ve probably chatted to the team – we’re always around! The moment has come to introduce ourselves properly…

Meet the Team

We love chatting with you guys so please continue saying hi whenever you pop in!

See you on Campus Society.

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