Birdbloggers Tweet Club #003

by Gunnar Engblom on July 31, 2009

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Three weeks and still kicking

Twitter club for birders. We need a logo! Anyone can come up with something?

Twitter club for birders. We need a logo! Anyone can come up with something?

Seems to be a day or two delay every week in presenting this tweet-club. Sorry for that. It has been a busy week and it took a long time to get the contributions and even longer to actually sit down and write this. So rather than being sleepless a couple of hours before our new baby daughter Anahi will be born, I thought I just speedily wrap this up.
The results so far for the tweet-club have been overwhelming, and I am noticing that the participants are getting the idea of what kind of blogpost are more retweet-worthy than others. The idea is really that our blogs shall be found outside our normal spheres. We need cute, we need funny, we need good pictures and we need great headlines. I could say that we need good writing skills….but no, no, no, NO!…..
That is probably the least important talent you need to get retweeted. OK, some people will get great readership because of fluent language and glittering writing skills, but most of us, especially if struggling in a language that is not even our native tounge, will have to focus on the small things that catch the eye. The content is the most important thing and we can well get our love of nature come across with less wordy pieces if we focus on the essentials. Why do we need more readers? Maybe, together we can incentivate someone to take up birding and whom will become yet another foot soldier in the war against the narrow minds that treat the planet like it was just a never ending resourse. The bird and habitat conservation need more foot soldiers.

.………..errrr..hallo!….Gunnar!!…..get to the point for Pete’s sake….. what was that you said about wordy?…

The results:

From14 particpants the first week, this week there were only 6. Last week we had 8 particpants recieving more than 100 clicks. This week 4 participants received over 100 clicks.  Did everyone retweet the way they were supposed to. I am not going to tell you, but you can check for yourself, just copy the bit.ly url below to your browser and add a +sign immediatly after to and you will come to the info page of that particular post. Scroll down to see who has retweeted! Quite revealing isn’t it. If you need to redeem yourself you can! If you were not able to do the retweeting for any reason there is no timelimit. You can catch up, no problem. If you find it diffucult to find the time to retweet download tweetlater to program your tweets.

@journowl 85 clicks http://bit.ly/xrepC
@phillipdews 86 clicks http://bit.ly/XXrzZ
@birdingdude 100 clicks http://bit.ly/16NdeF
@patbumstead 103 clicks http://bit.ly/tnCNe
@kolibrix 111 clicks http://bit.ly/Fdt7
@soaringfalcon1 188 clicks http://bit.ly/4GycD0

The winner is @soaringfalcon. Congratulations Larry Jordan of a Birders Report. His video of the cute Wood Ducklings first plunge into the water from a nesthole in a tree was just too cute. All that got over 100 clicks I will feature on Facebook the coming week.

Tweet club last week of July.

This weeks tweet club, again a small dedicated group consists of:

  • @birdingdude Tern Fest with 8 species of Terns on a Long Beach, NY outing. Wow! http://bit.ly/ZZBQk
  • @soaringfalcon1 Crows are among the most intelligent birds. http://bit.ly/vbih7 (had 67 clicks prior to Tweetclub launch)
  • RT @journowl Up close video shows owlets run for cover as predator soars above http://bit.ly/6Jni (had 33 clicks prior to Tweetclub launch)
  • RT @DawnFine How to make a digiscope attachment http://bit.ly/I2owT
  • RT @jeffgyr Some days, “bird tour leader” really IS the best job in the world: http://bit.ly/siD2 (had 1 hit prior Tweetclub launch)
  • RT@kolibrix Ted Parker finds Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager and Pardusco at Unchog, Peru. http://bit.ly/YMCUY

Those that supplied bit.ly links have in some cases already some clicks. I mention how many so that it can be subtracted in the final score.

Submit your posting for birdbloggers tweetclub #004 in comments below by Wednesday Aug 5, 2009.  The results from Tweetclub #003 will be published with Tweetclub #004

Keep tweetin’ ….

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Larry Jordan August 3, 2009 at 1:34 am

Great job Gunnar. You must be one busy guy! Here is my post for #004:
http://bit.ly/19RQaq

Have a great week!

DawnFine August 3, 2009 at 5:58 pm

004 post.
RT @DawnFine I am not a bird! http://tinyurl.com/l3jzoc

Birdfreak August 5, 2009 at 8:20 am

I think I’m finally getting this :)

@Birdfreak – 37 Reasons You Need Thesis WordPress Theme – http://bit.ly/UnEuH

Gunnar Engblom August 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Great post, which I re-tweeted, but not apt for birdbloggers tweetclub. I still have to learn about CSS. I also use Thesis, but still need to learn some more. If you have any good reference for easy CSS and php manuals, let me know.
Another thought regarding Thesis and Wordpress: Have you noticed how many bird/nature bloggers use Blogger? While I will learn from your post, most people reading the the tweetclub, will have no idea what we are talking about. Blogger is simple and part of the google community. This is attractive to many people.
Nevertheless, for the tweet club, you need to provide something about birds! Why not one of your birding manuals for kids?
There is nothing wrong with some affilate stuff, as long as it is really birding stuff.

Scott August 6, 2009 at 2:25 am

Hi Gunnar, hopefully I am not too late. Was called off to San Diego and it put me way behind schedule…So, here is my post for this week’s Tweet Club:

RT @journowl Uncommon foe keeps albatross from skies http://bit.ly/9ryLS

gwendolen August 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Hold the presses. I am working on a post by/for IVAD09.

Hope to finish it within 2 hours.

gwendolen August 6, 2009 at 1:40 pm
Birdfreak August 7, 2009 at 7:54 am

My bad Gunnar… hope I’m not too late now:

RT @birdfreak – Bird Cliches – What the Heck is the Catbird Seat – http://bit.ly/FGKrE

I agree a lot of bird-bloggers use Blogger which is OK but I feel WordPress (free or premium themes) is so much easier and better to work with. I started on Blogger but after switching to WP it was such a huge improvement!

Gunnar Engblom August 7, 2009 at 10:04 am

Great. I was going to chose that one anyway.

Gunnar Engblom August 8, 2009 at 12:55 am

Tweetclub delayed. Sorry guys, the tweet club post will be somewhat delayed. Pelagic tomorrow Saturday and Sunday with the family. Probably able to post on Monday or Tuesday. This means two things.
1. There is more time to submit to birdbloggers tweetclub
2. Those that have not re-tweeted in previous editions, now have a chance to redeem themselves to be able to participate again in the tweet club. The tweet club often gives more than 100 hits. Blog carnival participation most often less than 10 hits.
Leave new suggestions in the comment section here.

Larry Jordan August 8, 2009 at 8:39 pm

OK Gunnar, I think I have it now (sometimes a bit slow). I have been using people’s retweet buttons but when they don’t have them, I have been simply making my own tweet for them, plus leaving a comment on their post.

You want us to use the “RT @” code like Dawn posted above OR the retweet button correct?

I will leave my submissions in that form if that is the case. It makes it really easy to do with a simple cut and paste and add your own mini headline, yes?

Can you give me a good link to learn more twitter tool info like how to use the # symbol, etc.

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