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Why You’d Have Found Robert Burns on Twitter

A post in celebration of Burns Night - first posted January 2008 (sometimes it’s good to recycle as well as start;-) )

7 reasons we’d be following @RobbieBurns on Twitter

  • Everyone’s equal - one voice, no matter who you are, 140 characters at a time
  • It’s funny - don’t know quite how, but it encourages you to lighten up, be witty, have fun
  • It hones your writing skills - so they’re short, sharp, sweet… to the point
  • It’s an opportunity to promote your work - point to a new piece of writing, a poem, a song
  • It’s all there: politics, poetry, passion, love, humour, sorrow, rabble, nonsense
  • A line of a poem can stop readers in their tracks
  • You can make connections - bringing voices together, the world o’er

Not convinced? Here are some famous lines in 140 characters or less:

The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men Gang aft agley…

O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!

For a’ that, an’ a’ that, It’s coming yet for a’ that, That Man to Man, the world o’er, Shall brothers be for a’ that.

It’s also a place where you can discover poetry, including that of Mr Burns.  I found this lovely recording of a A Red, Red Rose on Twitter - and found a most wonderful friend into the bargain.  Thank you, again, @Amy Palko.

If you’re on Twitter, please do say hi - you’ll find me @joannapaterson

Enjoy a great Burns Night everyone.

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5 Responses to “Why You’d Have Found Robert Burns on Twitter”

  1. On January 25, 2010 at 9:38 am Craig McGill responded with... #

    Burns was on Twitter last year - @ayrshirebard and used Twitter to fundraise for the new Robert Burns museum in Ayrshire (the first in the UK). The account sent out lines of Burns every day, but I moved on from the company which was working with the National Trust so I have no idea what happened to it.

  2. On January 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm Hilary responded with... #

    Hi Joanna .. thanks for that - it’s great to hear the poem read by a Scottish lady .. one of the side photos .. just suddenly popped up and commented on the video for me! I’m living and learning .. inf act they keep popping open … fun! Then another one says .. her deepest darkest secret .. and it cuts off!!

    Bye for now - Hilary Melton-Butcher
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  3. On January 25, 2010 at 11:25 pm Patricia responded with... #

    loved this tweeting post - and R. Burns! Thank you for sharing it again.
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  4. On January 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
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    @ Craig - i think I followed him / you… it was a great idea

    @ Hilary - glad you enjoyed the poem. I think a class came across it and used it as a teaching tool - the wonders of the web!

    @ Patrica - glad you enjoyed it. I enjoyed reposting it, and listening to that poem again. Brings tears to my eyes each time.



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