Most of us would probably agree that social media is an important tool for building a global seabird community. However, there may be a real or perceived challenge to increase the informal interactions of the online seabird community. One reason may be that many new tweeps do not know how to get started on twitter and may be reluctant to “follow” people they don’t know. We hope that a new campaign may help motivate people to get more engaged on twitter, and generate collaborations with other seabirders. We hope it will also become a more fun and interesting place to start global conversations about conservation and research related to seabirds.
The more seasoned twitter users among you may recognise the #ff or #followerfriday tags. These are tweets which are mainly a recognition of the new people that followed you this week. This does several things. Firstly, it makes the follower feel appreciated. It also means that the follower can check out other people who most likely have similar interests to them, and it raises their own social profile, because their name features along with a few other names, and this post usually gets re-tweeted several times. The point of it is really only to encourage people to follow each other, and we think that this would be useful for seabirders to try out too.
We have themed it: #seabirdersaturday. The idea is that every Saturday, you (1.) pick 5 (or however many you can fit in a tweet), (2.) you tag the post #seabirdersaturday, and (3.) you tweet!
Anyone can participate, and if you’re new to twitter and don’t really know who to follow, these #seabirdersaturday tweets could become a really useful tag to locate people within your area of interest.
We welcome any comments or queries regarding this idea, and we intend to try it for the first time this coming Saturday. We hope as many as possible can take part in composing their own tweets and re-tweet others with the hashtag #SeabirderSaturday.
Below is an example of what a tweet could look like:
"#SeabirderSaturday - follow other seabirders! @Ellen_skua @jordanmcasey @saswisch @inexpectata @RachaelOrben @Hookpod @tonereiert"
Sjurdur Hammer @sjurdur, Miguel McMinn Grive @miguelmcminn , Steph Borrelle @turtleandweasel