To help get @askforfairtrade started I’ve done a few manual searches on Twitter and have started following people talking about Fairtrade.
But part of the goal of @askforfairtrade (alongside checking who is and who isn’t sticking to their promises to offer Fairtrade coffee) is to encourage people who may not have instinctively thought about choosing a Fairtrade option to ask for it.
So seeing Zarah’s mention of Twollo, a Twitter service which will auto-follow people with particular interests on Twitter, I’m wondering whether @askforfairtrade should be set up to auto-follow people talking about tea or coffee? Or is auto-following by the @askforfairtrade campaigning twitter account too invasive?
If we were to use auto-following, then what key phrases or interests should we auto-follow? A search for Coffee on twitter turns up far to many results… so we might want to narrow down to phrases that might indicate someone is heading out to buy coffee.
- Do you think auto-following has a place in the @askforfairtrade campaigning experiment?
- If so, what phrases could we / should we use to determine who gets auto-followed?
I’ll look at any responses here in the next week or so and will look at whether or not to try an auto-follow…