Humans, and birds, aren’t the only creatures that love tweeting. The past two years have seen an increasing trend for museums to use social media in more accessible and entertaining ways to increase public awareness of their work. From prehistoric creatures to the recently extinct, Twitter has a growing population of non-human (and non breathing) users.
Often light-hearted and always educational these Twitter accounts are a great way of bringing natural history to life. They provide kids (and adults) with a focus for their visits the museums and give personality to otherwise imposing institutions.
Here are some of our favourites.
One of the most popular accounts belongs to @OisinTheDeer, a Giant Irish Deer that lives in Warwick’s Market Hall Museum. Aimed at kids, the accounts tweets updates about events taking place in the museum and across the UK.
Animation Alive at the Museum: a creative animation project for young people. http://t.co/usH9Zn7V . 13th-17th August.
— HeritageCultureWarks (@OisinTheDeer) July 4, 2012
He also exchanges a few tweets with @spotticusnh – a Giraffe that calls Ireland’s Natural History Museum home. Spotticus tweets about events in the museum after hours and also has a fair bit to say about current events.
— Spotticus Giraffe (@SpotticusNH) July 4, 2012
— Spotticus Giraffe (@SpotticusNH) April 14, 2012
While @spotticusnh might bask in the limelight @AntoTheDodo, a Dublin Dodo (obviously) is mounting a campaign (#MoveDubDodo) to have himself moved from behind the scenes at the same museum to somewhere the public can see him.
Loadsa new followers. Hasn't been this much excitement round here since the Celtic Tiger came back from the taxidermist. #MoveDubDodo
— Anto The Dodo (@AntoTheDodo) October 11, 2011
Back over in the UK and rewind a few million years (or 107, depending on when you start counting) and Diplodocus carnegii, aka @NHM_Dippy, is a tweeting dinosaur who highlights the British Natural History Museum’s research. Like @AntoTheDodo, he (she?) is running a campaign, this time to raise money for the institution.
Thanks all for your birthday wishes and support today. Only another ~149,999,893 years to go 'til I'm as old as my original fossil bones 🙂
— Diplodocus carnegii (@DippyOnTour) May 12, 2012
In Canada Vic the Dino, @VicTheDino, a bling wearing T-Rex tweets for the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Like @NHM_Dippy he’s attempting to mount a #Roarvolution and is actively recruiting followers.
— Vic the Dino (@VicTheDino) June 11, 2012
— Sabra (@SabraSabertooth) July 5, 2012
Similarly, Sandy the Mammoth, @SandytheMammoth, takes to Twitter to discuss findings in palaeontology and science. @SandytheMammoth is housed in New Mexico’s Western Heritage Museum. We’re not sure if @SabraSabertooth and @SandytheMammoth would have been friends.
Let us know if you find other tweeting creatures for us to add to the list.