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World Seabird Twitter Conference 2017

WOW! #WSTC3 is over and what a success!!

Since February, 2017, the hashtag #WSTC3:

  • Was tweeted 7,895 times
  • By 1,781 people
  • Was seen by over 3.9 million people, over 11 million times
  • Was tweeted from 52 countries

Congrats to the #WSTC3 team and keep your eye to this space for proceedings!



What’s new this year?

We’re introducing two new features to this year’s conference: Live video Q&A with presenters after sessions and an interactive abstract book. Stay tuned for more details.

The Rules

  • You must have a Twitter handle/account
  • REGISTER between January 2nd and February 28th, 2017
  • Presentations are allowed a maximum of 6 tweets (each tweet is 140 characters)
  • Every tweet must be numbered (1 - 6) and start with the hashtag #WSTC3 (e.g., 1 #WSTC3)
  • Your tweets should start with an introductory tweet, then have 4 "body" tweets (methods / results), and then end with a summary tweet
  • Links to extra text describing your research are not allowed (brevity is the soul of wit!)
  • Pictures and graphs, on the other hand, are encouraged!
  • Postings will be curated and organized after the competition (see here for WSTC2)

The Prize!!!

We will be giving out prizes for excellent presentations! Categories, criteria, and other details will be posted soon. Check out last year’s winners via #WSTC2 for ideas:

2015 and 2016 Twitter conference Storifies can be explored here:

WSTC1 Storify
WSTC2 Storify


You will be given a time slot in which to tweet your research based on your geographic location. Ensure you give us your time zone information when you register! Draft your tweets ahead of time in order to avoid issues during the event. Make sure your account is not private and your tweets are not protected, otherwise we will be unable to see them. Follow the event with hashtag #WSTC3 and keep up to date by following @Seabirders. Discussion and questions are encouraged. When asking a question, please direct your tweet to the individual using their handle (e.g. @Seabirders) and use the hashtag #WSTC3 (e.g. @Seabirders #WSTC3 How easy is it to use Twitter to participate in this great event?).

Completely Fictional Example

  1. #WSTC3 Promoting seabird research through social media is particularly important in the 21st century
  2. #WSTC3 Over the course of two years, we have surveyed over 500 individuals within the seabird community
  3. #WSTC3 400 of 500 individuals responded by saying that seabird species are at very high risk of extinction by the end of the 21st century
  4. #WSTC3 350 individuals believe the biggest problem for conservation is lack of global communication and collaboration
  5. #WSTC3 480 individuals agree that the most important communication tool in our time is social media
  6. #WSTC3 It is imperative to engage in social media activities to encourage collaboration for conservation benefits

Tips and tricks

  • Follow others if you are new to twitter, it may be worthwhile following some of the larger seabird groups to catch a glimpse of how you can tweet to reach out with your work and to connect with other researchers: @Seabirders @PacificSeabirds @TheSeabirdGroup @LAseabirdgroup @AUS_NZ_Seabirds @Seabird_SOS

  • Space out your tweets, but not too much! You get 14 minutes to present your 6 tweets. Our advice is to tweet one per minute or similar, which will then allow some time for questions or comments. Get organised! Tweetdeck and other platforms allow you follow many feeds simultaneously. For example you can set up threads to just show tweets which contain certain tags such as #WSTC3 or #seabirds. If you want to make sure you see all the tweets from the participants during the conference you can subscribe to the twitter list of all participants which we will publish before the conference and set it up as a feed in tweetdeck. Alternatively make your own twitter list of users which you specifically want to get tweets from.

  • Follow topic specific presentations! When we introduce talks we will take care to use the appropriate topic tags as shown in the abstract index. This makes it easy for you to follow presentations of particular interest, but note that it will most likely only be the introductory tweet to a presentation which will contain the topic tag.

  • Get creative! The strict character limit forces you to be creative with how you present your work. Use graphs,photographs or infographics to get people’s attention. But please note that an attached image takes up space in your tweet, so you get fewer characters.

  • Links! Most academics on Twitter would rarely tweet anything without a link. Your presentation is a great opportunity to showcase a recent publication or poster ­ A bit of shameless self promotion never hurt anyone! But please note again, that a link takes up space in your tweet, so you get fewer characters, and always use a URL shortener.

  • Interact! If you are interacting with other participants (asking questions, commenting or retweeting), then they are more likely to pay attention to your presentation too. Maybe spend a few minutes looking through the conference manual and noting which presentations you would like to see. If the mood strikes you, maybe give a shout out to the presentations you look forward to most! Each session is separated by a break, so if you didn’t manage to comment or ask during someone’s session, please use this break time, and remember to use the #WSTC3 hashtag to allow others to see and join the conversation!



Further questions? Get in touch with us via Twitter or email.

Max Czapanskiy (@mfczap)
Saskia Wischnewski (@saswisch)