Social network for birders: whether to sign up for Twitter?

Posted in social network by paulie on September 2, 2009

Recently I said the listserv is old fashioned and as a result I was reminded that it has it’s defenders. But there is a conversation among birders about how to continue to network. Not so long ago birding communication was dominated by newsgroups with thousands of users, now those are all but forgotten because no one invests time learning to use them anymore.

The listserv is difficult to use and it leaves birders on the table. Only a few hundred are involved in all Florida, a major birding area. I am barely able to grasp the technology and participate. So what is the direction of things? I’m not sure but I am keeping an eye on the protocol known as XMPP. Twitter would seem to be a preview of this. Yes, you should try it. It’s easy to figure out and birders are already well represented there.

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  1. tom said, on September 2, 2009 at 9:38 am

    What hard-to-grasp technology. You sign up. You get e-mails. You go out and look for birds. It works very well.

  2. Alison said, on September 2, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    I think twitter could be a great tool. We might want to set up a twibe or agree on a hashtag for our tweets. I twitter (poorly) as gr8modfurniture. Follow me.

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