Eh? Is this in addition to the Semipalmated Plover that was apparently suppressed at the same site as per TwitterBot's thread from yesterday here. I know there was a Semipalmated Sandpiper that was not suppressed at the same site...
+3 - Twitter is not really meant for a forum setting and sort of defeats the object
Hi, this message came out by mistake. It was a typo that I deleted and corrected within 30 seconds or so but the twitterbot that has been set up pics up any tweets that have the word mega in them (or any that get sent to me hence the stupid threads about defining a mega). I guess the mods on here delete the threads that arent about new birds. How they are presented on here is nothing to do with me - i tweet the bird and site plus any extra info but due to the length of the titles on here only the location goes up not that I can get much more in 140 characters.
I imagine that the guys at surfbirds wanted the tweets as a thread starter for the 'big' birds and that has happened a few times. You dont see the benefit on the forum of the real time posting on twitter. I set up #rarevine just to show that it could be done although I have no interest in monetising or professionalising it as I have a job etc etc. Birdnet now have a paid for service on twitter which is pretty comprehensive and netfugl do the western pal stuff for free. Birdguides and RBA both put some stuff out (usually megas).
For me it was an experiment to see if bird news could be put out via twitter and connect with a lot of people which it does - I have about 800 followers. Not masses but plenty enough to encourage. I get stuff wrong and I often end up doing summaries at the end of the day for less rare stuff or long stayers but its my feed and surfbirds are welcome to use it as they please. Im not sure why people moan repeatedly about the threads - yes some are dumb when a new birder retweets what I have put and adds a daft comment but if they stimulate discussion about a bird surely thats a good thing. I will endeavour to put less .... tweets out but im always endeavouring for that and thus cant promise - its not a massive cock up to put sandpiper instead of plover when you are typing and simple to correct on twitter, unfortunately as I mentioned there is nothing I can do to correct twitterbot.
its frustrating to click on link with a interesting title only to see 'more' which just gives the same message!!! the system you set up would work on birdforum but RBA have that covered
it would be interesting to have a vote on 'twitterbot'
regards darrell j prest