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July 7, 2010 Volume 31, No. 33

Facing down the Jayhawks

The MU campus was practically deserted on the day after July 4, but there was plenty of Tiger hubbub in the online world. An organization called, which tracks usage of college Facebook pages, ranked Mizzou among the top 10 universities in the country in the number of its Facebook fans.

As of July 5, MU’s Facebook page had 90,328 fans. The University of Kansas edged out Mizzou with 90,716 fans. Louisiana State led the pack with 196,346 fans. 

“We created our page in mid-June of 2009, and within a few months we were in the top 10 nationally,” says Ryan Gavin, a senior information specialist with MU Web Communications who is one of the creators and administrators of the university’s Facebook page. “At one point we climbed into the top five, but with some schools with significantly higher enrollments and alumni bases making a more concentrated effort, we’ve slipped back a few notches — still top 10, though.”

MU’s Facebook address is