Another week – another million added to the social reach on Findlay Wilde’s thunderclap. Well done Finn – and your namesake is a mum too! A good week!
A social media thunderclap is a device where a single message is sent out to the social media contacts of everyone who signs up. So if you follow me, @markavery, on Twitter, or if you are my friend on Facebook, then you will get this message at 09:30 on 12 August:
‘I want to see an end to raptor persecution in the uplands. Criminal activity needs to be stopped #Inglorious12th’
If you haven’t signed up yet, then please do, if you’d like that message to get as wide a publication as possible – you can do that by clicking here and following the instructions (which aren’t that difficult but some seem to find them difficult!).
There are almost three weeks left to sign up – 9 million might just be possible; and if 9 is possible then why not 10?
Here’s an update from the figures that Findlay shared with me:
Supporters with over 100,000 followers – two new ones since last week:
@natures_voice That’s the RSPB’s Twitter handle! 265k
@johnsauven John Sauven, Director, Greenpeace UK
@craigbennett3 Craig Bennett, Director, Friends of the Earth
@GreenKeithMEP Keith Taylor Green MEP
@mike__clarke Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive
@martinrspb Martin Harper, RSPB Conservation Director
@steveormerod Prof Steve Ormerod, RSPB Chair of Council
@KerryMP Kerry McCarthy MP
@DerbyChrisW Chris Williamson MP
@B_Strawbridge Brigit Strawbridge, environmental campaigner
@MollyMEP Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP
@EduardoGoncalves Chief Exec of League Against Cruel Sports
@TheUrbanBirder David Lindo
Other notable supporters:
@BCA1967 Buxton Civic Society
@Birdwatchextra Birdwatch magazine the UK’s best!
@CumbriaWildlife Cumbria Wildlife Trust
@DerbysWildlife Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
@WTWales Wildlife Trusts Wales
@ecotricity my electricity and gas supplier
@LeagueACS The League Against Cruel Sports
@Nick_Miles Emmerdale star
@RaptorPersScot Raptor persecution campaigning website
@RaptorPolitics Raptor website
@RareBirdAlertUK Alerting you to rare birds
@Team4Nature Wildlife campaigning for the people
It’s good to see some more RSPB Twitter accounts joining the thunderclap – there are many more to come, I assume.
It’s also good to see a small number of county wildlife trusts joining in – but where are the rest?
There’s good support from the Green Party – though not yet their one MP and joint leader Caroline Lucas.
Two Labour MPs have signed up so far, but not the Hen Harrier champion in parliament, Angela Smith, whose constituency includes large chunks of the Peak District.
I was very glad to see Ecotricity giving their support – remember they sponsored the satellite tag which is on Finn the Hen Harrier.