Is Twitter More Likely to Attract Livestock “Tweeps?”
As my friend Joe Cornely once said, “I’m a twit who likes to tweet on Twitter.”
Last evening I dropped in on the weekly phenomenon known as #AgChat. I have several opinions about the actual #AgChat itself as compared to the non-profit “agvocacy” organization growing from some of the event’s more savvy participants. Some of the organization’s founders are among my favorite “tweeps,” so I’ll save my commentary for later.
Enjoying last night’s conversation on risk management for farms and ranches, the moderator noted that the conversation was fairly quiet… An innocuous comment that nevertheless got me thinking.
Knowing that several hundred people typically participate in the online roundtable, I was curious if, given that risk management tools typical involve grain producers at a much higher level than livestock producers, Twitter tends to attract more of us involved in livestock production than grain farming.
Posting the question to the discussion, I was pleased to receive several responses.
The moderator, ever ready to promote the virtues of AgChat (as she should), suggested:
My friend Hannah Thompson offered the following:
And my friend Margo Overholt provided this insight:
So let’s open the discussion… Are the virtues of Twitter geared more toward folks of a livestock background or interests? If so, why? Of the major #AgChat players I interact with on Twitter, I perceive a much stronger concentration in that arena as opposed to grain production.
But, this is just a perception, so I’m asking the question to engender discussion. If the audience is indeed more skewed toward the hoof than the seed, why? What about the platform attracts those of us geared toward animal husbandry?
Talk amongst yourselves…