RE: One birder tackles the technology- Twitchathon on Twitter

To: "'Luke Shelley'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>
Subject: RE: One birder tackles the technology- Twitchathon on Twitter
From: "Paul Dodd" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 19:24:35 +1100


I have added a #birdlinevic hashtag to the Victorian Birdline Twitter feed.
I will do some experimenting once we have a few entries, and if it proves
useful, I'll add corresponding hashtags to the other feeds.


Paul Dodd

Docklands, Victoria


From: Luke Shelley  
Sent: Tuesday, 10 November 2009 8:23 AM
To: Birding Aus; 
Subject: One birder tackles the technology- Twitchathon on Twitter


I agree Paul. It was great to have a Twitter feed for the Twitchathon.

One could easily setup some twitter hashtags for this and other birding
events. that would allow tweeters to post live sightings, and others could
follow based on the hashtag, not the person themselves. Here is an example
of how this would have worked on the weekend:

1. Participants in the Twitchathon agree on a Hashtag name (e.g. #victwitch)
2. Anyone who wants to contribute to the VicTwitch can tweet their post, but
need to include #victwitch somewhere in the text
3. Followers can setup a search for #victwitch and instantly get the tweets
of anyone posting with #victwitch in their tweet, removing the need to
follow individuals

This could also work for the Birdlines. If people could agree to use a
particular hashtag (e.g. #birdlinevic, or, perhaps #birdtweetvic), then
others could start following live tweets. 

Try it out by searching for "#birding" (an existing hashtag) in Twitter, or
you can also use some sites that filter for you.

Twitter help on Hashtags -
Mashable article on Hashtags -

Now all we need is a tracking device in Sean's mobile so we can learn the
location of his secret spots!


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