Over a decade ago Twitter was created by a quartet of entrepreneurial young men. One of them, Jack Dorsey, sent the first ever Tweet in March, 2006. The original name was “Status,” but after searching through the dictionary, Dorsey found the word Twitter. The definition was “a short burst of inconsequential information, and chirps from birds.”
Inspired by “flickr”, he called it “twttr” and later changed it back to Twitter for simplicity. And that brings us to 2016 when representatives from 10 countries on the Continent and the majority of headquarters staff in the United States, participated in two Twitter training sessions. The idea behind the training was to further promote One Africare and encourage each location to relay information about all we are accomplishing.
“Social Media such as Twitter can be utilized to inform the global community of what Africare is doing in individual countries,” said Robert Mallett, President and CEO. “It allows people to connect with Africare, engage in the work of Africare and gives us the opportunity to build relationships with populations around the world.” Mr. Mallett’s column focuses on the imporance of social media this month.
David Sven Udekwu, Communication Assistant Officer in Nigeria and a National Youth Service Corps Member, has wholeheartedly jumped on the Twitter train. “Africare Nigeria entered the Twitter sphere, creating the @AfricareNigeria Twitter handle. The account has focused on highlighting our capacity building office trainings, and retweeting relevant tweets from partner and peer organizations.
“The Nigeria offices concluded an independent Twitter training to assure each office would have a number of people well versed in tweeting. In planning our future Twitter direction, we will be highlighting special guests, large events, community initiatives, as well as past successes with Throwback Thursdays and Flashback Fridays. We look forward to gaining more followers, and spreading the message and successes of Africare further.”
Headquarters staff after Twitter training.