*Brooklyn Bird Alert* (*@BirdBrklyn* on Twitter) has been operating for over a month now, relaying real-time reports of birding news, rarities, other good birds, and birding conditions. It works the same way as my Manhattan and Bronx alerts.
It provides a reliable single source for the above info, solves the "everyone having to follow everyone" problem, and eliminates the need for "birding only" Twitter accounts. Among other things, it makes sharing location maps, videos, and photos easy: no need to link to a photo site -- just attach. No species restrictions. It's the quickest and easiest way to send an alert. Reports are always publicly-viewable and searchable online: https://twitter.com/@birdbrklyn Anyone can follow this account on Twitter and receive the alerts on the Twitter app or delivered as simple (SMS) text messages -- you do not need a smartphone, though you will enjoy the richest multimedia experience if you have one. It's easy to set up notifications so that when an alert arrives your phone or device lets you know. Users who would like to issue alerts should direct message @BirdBrklyn and ask it to follow them (if it is not doing so already). Then just tweet the alert with the hashtag *#birdbk*. Proprietary software will immediately take your alert and retweet it to all with credit to you. Alerts also can be sent as text messages if you prefer. See the user guide below for details. You can use it with any Twitter account; if you don't already have one, you need to (just once) set one up, which you can do in five minutes online. Step-by-step instructions for getting started are here: https://birdbrklyn.wordpress.com/user-guide/ See here for a more detailed explanation of why this system is a good idea: https://birdbrklyn.wordpress.com/ Email me with any questions. David Barrett New York City -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --