I just received yet another tweet urging me to be a magpie and advertise other people’s products through my tweets. Since I don’t want to be a magpie, I started wondering what other types of birds are on Twitter. Let’s take a look …
Types of Birds on Twitter
Penguin – Scientists often consider penguins to be one of the most social of bird species. Penguin Tweeps are incredibly social. Almost all of their tweets are replies to people and they treat Twitter like a chat room.
Steller’s Jay – The Steller’s Jay is one of the noisiest birds around. Steller’s Jay Tweeps talk constantly. If you check the profile page of a Steller’s Jay Tweep, he has only been on Twitter for three months but already has over 10,000 tweets.
Peacock – The male peacock loves to show off its beautiful plumage. Peacock Tweeps love to show off, too. Most of their tweets are about themselves. They always tweet about their latest blog post or their latest product or what they ate for lunch.
Vulture – Vultures are ugly scavengers who feed on sick or dead animals. Vulture Tweeps are spammers who follow thousands of people just waiting for them to follow back so they can send the one tweet about a web site or an e-book on how to earn thousands of dollars a day on the internet.
Parrot – Many species of parrots can talk by repeating what humans say. Parrot Tweeps are known for repeating the tweets of others, called retweeting (indicated by RT at the beginning of the message).
Dodo – The dodo was a flightless bird that has been extinct since the 17th century. If you look at a Dodo Tweep’s profile page, his last tweet was six months ago. He joined Twitter for whatever reason and then just disappeared.
Mockingbird – Mockingbirds imitate insect and amphibian sounds and even other birds’ songs. Mockingbird Tweeps set up Twitter accounts and pretend to be celebrities. Their tweets are often humorous and usually it’s obvious they are fake. Examples include @hugh_jackman and @FakeSarahPalin.
Wild Turkeys – Wild turkeys are ugly but amazingly agile runners and can even fly for 200 to 400 yards. Wild Turkey Tweeps are people who never replaced the default Twitter photo but are actually cool people to follow.
There are a lot of types of birds on Twitter, but how do we become eagles?
Traits of Eagles and Eagle Tweeps
- Eagles build their nests high up in trees. Eagle Tweeps keep above what I call the “trash talk” of Twitter. They don’t get involved in gossip or arguments. They also don’t tweet racist or sexist remarks.
- Eagles are strong. Eagle Tweeps are resilient. They don’t let criticism faze them. They are also positive despite seemingly negative circumstances.
- Eagles have exceptional vision. Eagle Tweeps keep an eye out for interesting tweets and notice when people ask them questions. I remember when I mentioned something about @chrisbrogan. He immediately noticed and gave a nice reply despite the fact that he has over 30,000 followers.
- Eagles have a long lifespan and can live up to 30 or 40 years in the wild. Eagle Tweeps will stick around for a long time. They know the benefits of Twitter and will keep on tweeting.
- Eagles know where to find their food so they live near water. Many Eagle Tweeps follow other Eagle Tweeps because they know they will have a steady flow of inspiration and good information.
- Eagles are majestic birds and serve as an inspiration to many people. Eagle Tweeps inspire us in many ways. They can tweet incredible quotes. They can point us to fantastic articles. Or quite often, just being who they are inspires us.
- Eagles soar. Eagle Tweeps soar in number of followers because they are Eagle Tweeps.
Not every person has to be an Eagle Tweep. Penguin Tweeps can be pretty cool too. And so can Parrot Tweeps and Wild Turkey Tweeps.
What other types of birds are on Twitter? And what type of bird are you?