Each day during our celebration we will focus on a single aspect of the Foundation. Today THF board member Stella Pierides who doubles as our Social Media Director, considers the role of social media for the Foundation.
Today we look at social media on THF, shifting our attention from “the message” onto the media themselves: Facebook, the Forums, Pinterest, Troutswirl, Twitter, and YouTube are all channels we use to reach out to you, and each member of the haiku community around the world.
We present our entire range of offerings via our blog Troutswirl, highlighting our content, and multiply it on social media channels to more than 2500 people who ‘liked’ our Facebook Page, 2600 Twitter followers, 156 Pinterest pinners, and hundreds of blog and YouTube followers. We plan to continue doing exactly this in the coming year.
We also created this year two new features on Facebook. We’ve posted the Per Diem Daily Haiku (it appears on the top right side of the header on the site) on our Facebook Page too. And twice weekly, we’ve posted a link to our Video Archive, showcasing Lectures, Interviews, Video Haiga, Master Clips, HaikuLife Entries. Check it out!
We also created The Haiku Foundation’s Social Media Day, an opportunity (which we will repeat in 2017 — to be announced in the blog) to use media to organize a virtual online ginko, to write in our local environments and share them around the world. We coordinate this with actual ginko, such as those offered by Anna Yin (Canada), Jeff Hoagland (New Jersey), Tzetzka Ilieva (Bulgaria), and Judith Hishikawa (Vermont), amongst others. We also reference Gabi Greve’s Happy Haiku blog and Andrew Stuck’s Museum of Walking events in London.
If you are not doing so already, please Like our Facebook page, and review it using the star rating system; follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Register to receive our email alerts about posts on our Troutswirl blog. And don’t go away before downloading the free iTunes Haiku App!
Once a year we ask the haiku community to help us meet our financial challenges. We reserve the period from Thanksgiving through St. Nicholas Day, the time our culture has has set aside to note our many blessings and show our appreciation. Thank you to those of you who have already contributed. If you have not done so yet, please take this opportunity to help us continue our work — details on our donation page. Again this year we have the support of an anonymous angel who will double your donations — for every dollar you commit, the Foundation receives $2. Please help us make the most of this generous offer, and thanks in advance for your support of The Haiku Foundation, and of haiku itself. We wish you a most happy holiday season.