17 Jun 2010

BirdLife Partners Tweeting away…

By Nick Askew
Readers of the UK’s Guardian newspaper have voted BirdLife International’s Twitter account (@birdlife_news) one of the top 50 wildlife and conservation Twitter accounts. BirdLife Partners around the globe are also using Twitter to promote their work, and we’ve pulled together a provisional list of some of them – but do you know of any others? Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read short messages known as tweets. The growth of Twitter has been phenomenal - in the first quarter of 2010, 4 billion tweets per quarter were posted. BirdLife started its Twitter account in June 2009 to promote its news. We automatically send Tweets each time we publish a story on our website, and also post entries about the latest online conservation news. In twelve months we have sent out more than 1,000 tweets and generated over 2,700 followers. It’s been a great way to promote our new to a much wider audience and generate support for our work. A number of BirdLife Partners are also using Twitter, here’s our provisional list:
  • @NatureCanada – Nature Canada
  • @Audubon – Audubon (USA)
  • @SEO_BirdLife – SEO/BirdLife (Spain)
  • @Ruffled_feather - BirdLife South Africa
  • @Natures_Voice – RSPB (UK)
  • @BirdsOz - Birds Australia
  • @HaribonFnd - Haribon Foundation (Philippines)
  • @spea_birdlife – SPEA (Portugal)
  • @BirdWatchIE - BirdWatch Ireland
  • @DogaDernegi - Doƒüa Derneƒüi (Turkey)
  • @nabu_de - NABU (Germany)
  • @Forest_and_Bird - Forest & Bird (New Zealand)
  • @PronaturaMexico - Pronatura México
  • @SPNI – SPNI (Israel)
  • @MME_Monitoring – MME (Hungary)
  • @nature_net – NatureKenya
  • @fuglevern - Norwegian Ornithological Society
  • @MNSMalaysia - Malaysian Nature
  • @BurungIndonesia - Burung Indonesia
  • @AvesArgentinas - Aves Argentinas
We also have a few BirdLife projects and progammes on Twitter. How about:
  • @AlbyTaskForce (Albatross Task Force)
  • @AudubonIBAS (Important Bird Areas in the USA)
  • @B2Travel (BirdLife's flyways campaign)
But which is your favourite conservation Twitters? Do you know of any other BirdLife Partners out there in the Twittersphere?