Getting Local and National Bird News on Twitter
I have (I feel ) been entering the world of internet-based social networking at something slightly faster than sloth-paced. And I have to admit, now, I am enjoying it. I tweet on twitter and Facebook on Facebook. My teenage girls teach me what I need to learn.
I am also very interested and always have been to keep in touch with the ‘Bird News’. Both local (for me mainly near Sheffield and NE England) and national (especially those once-in-a-while ‘megas’). However expense and other factors have made it prohibitive.
I have never owned a pager nor subscribed to any mobile based information system. Man- I am still a fan of the Nancy’s cafe information service! I already have more than enough ‘gear’ to carry around as part of my birding experience. I want LESS not MORE.
For the last month I have been using Birdnet’s Twitter system. I already use Twitter to update my Birding Frontiers stuff. So I thought it would be interesting to see what its like having access to a constant stream of UK bird news ’in my pocket’. It’s GREAT! I really like it. I am finally in the ‘KNOW’- all the time! I am using Twitter anyway, so not added ‘stuff’. The continuous feed means I can scroll down and not miss anything. Very cool.
I am no expert on news services but this suites me really well. Simple to use, 1 Smart Phone button press away. No extra gear. All the gen.