Can Twitter help with ecological research?

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It turns out Twitter isn’t just for tweeting abuse at newspaper columnists after all. Check out this clever use of hashtags that is helping scientists keep check on the environment.

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Over the weekend it appears that Sergei Krupenin, who works for Twitter, went for a hike – as he spotted this on Mt Diablo in California, which was the site of a forest fire in September last year. It appears the people in charge of looking after the mountain have come up with an intriguing way of tracking its recovery.

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They’ve set up a few different sign posts like the one below featuring a bracket in which hikers can mount their smartphones and snap a photo. Participants are then asked to tweet their photo using the #morganfire hashtag, so that Nerds for Nature can find them.

Brilliant.

James O’Malley