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Amazing how many members of the public reached out to me on Twitter when they learned my story. Photo by: Sheila Dee

My week curating the @Ireland account on Twitter was a huge surprise

\"Amazing

Amazing how many members of the public reached out to me on Twitter when they learned my story. Photo by: Sheila Dee

My week curating the @ireland account on Twitter was a huge surprise
Amazing how many reached out when they learned my story
by Yvonne Watterson
The Voice by Shel Silverstein
There is a voice inside of you,
That whispers all day long,
“I feel that this is right for me, I know that this is wrong.”
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you– just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.
I’m finding that with age, it is easier for the outside voice to echo that voice that speaks inside. Like most people I imagine, I haven’t been bold enough to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth about my own life and “what I really feel” about everything. Thus, I linger somewhere between the public and the private, which made the past week so appealing. For seven days, I was The Voice of Ireland. No,really. On Twitter no less. And, here’s how it works.
Each week, the official @Ireland Twitter account rotates with a new voice introduced to the almost 20,000 Twitter users who follow it.  Inspired by the Swedes, ‘rotation curation’ of the @Ireland account began in March 2012 and, as of this week, has been curated by 100 Twitter users. Based on the simple notion that one lone voice cannot represent a country, @Ireland helps connect the global Irish community through the widely varying voices of those who look after it, one Tweet at a time. I was delighted to be handed the reins of the @Ireland Twitter account last Sunday afternoon. There was no manual as such, but the rules were straightforward enough, with the best advice coming from Community Manager, Darragh O’Doyle:
I doubt I need to tell you but you know yourself, as we discussed – no trolling, nothing racist, demeaning or defamatory etc etc. Swearing within limits is fine, but I personally think it’s a case of if you can’t say something nice, say nothing. Not that you ever would of course!  Feel free to bring up whatever topics and issues you like but be prepared that not everyone will like what you’re talking about. You won’t really be hearing from me on how you’re doing – the followers will let you know themselves. They’re very on the ball when it comes to what they find acceptable. I hope you get to meet some nice people.

The Voice

by Shel Silverstein

There is a voice inside of you,

That whispers all day long,

“I feel that this is right for me, I know that this is wrong.

”No teacher, preacher, parent, friend

Or wise man can decide

What’s right for you– just listen to

The voice that speaks inside.

I’m finding that with age, it is easier for the outside voice to echo that voice that speaks inside. Like most people I imagine, I haven’t been bold enough to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth about my own life and “what I really feel” about everything. Thus, I linger somewhere between the public and the private, which made the past week so appealing. For seven days, I was The Voice of Ireland. No,really. On Twitter no less. And, here’s how it works.

Each week, the official @Ireland Twitter account rotates with a new voice introduced to the almost 20,000 Twitter users who follow it.  Inspired by the Swedes, ‘rotation curation’ of the @Ireland account began in March 2012 and, as of this week, has been curated by 100 Twitter users. Based on the simple notion that one lone voice cannot represent a country, @Ireland helps connect the global Irish community through the widely varying voices of those who look after it, one Tweet at a time.

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