Looking to take the temperature of a campus from afar, with some help from new media and social networking? GlobalQuad.com, a site launched last week, is focused on helping its users do just that, reports the New York Times. It's a niche web site that chronicles college life via Twitter, aggregating the 140-character tweets of institutions and their affiliated student or community groups. The site's home page reads like that of Twitter, with a reverse-chronological time line of the messages most recently emanating from both official university communications and student, faculty, or staff Twitter accounts. Users can filter news by...

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