[Taxacom] Twitter Fwd: Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies from Africa

Richard Pyle deepreef at bishopmuseum.org
Sun Dec 13 05:38:57 CST 2015

OK, thanks for the elaboration.  The LSIDs are long and cumbersome; I prefer the 36-character UUIDs; especially when formulating an HTTP URL.  It would be redundant to have both the link and the LSID/UUID; so we could include the taxon name and/or citation of the reference and/or author name (depending on what the registration is).


Unfortunately, a family can only be included for family-group names.  The link between a genus- or species-group name and a family is a matter of taxonomy, not nomenclature; and ZooBank is (sort of) limited to nomenclature.  However, this could be a perfect collaboration with Catalog of Life, where ZooBank pipes new names to COL as they come in, and likewise can perform a service to link genus/species names to a higher classification (including family).


Maybe there should also be a ZooBank Facebook page? What other social media pipelines would be appropriate (does anyone actually use Google+ ?)


Someday…. If only there were unlimited funding and unlimited hours in the day…





From: Scott Thomson [mailto:scott.thomson321 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Sunday, December 13, 2015 1:32 AM
To: Richard Pyle
Cc: Stephen Thorpe; taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu; gread at actrix.gen.nz
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Twitter Fwd: Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies from Africa


To keep it non political, and simple, tweet the LSID's as a daily new papers. along with the Family name to make it obvious what group is discussed. People can click the link for details. No need to use all the characters, just keep it simple. 


Was not saying this should be done by the way, just an option based on what Doug was saying. Not everyone uses RSS, likewise not everyone uses Twitter. However tweeting the LSID's may encourage journals to register with Zoobank better as it will be effective advertising for them.


Cheers, Scott




On Sun, Dec 13, 2015 at 9:24 AM, Richard Pyle <deepreef at bishopmuseum.org> wrote:

> On Doug's other point of some twitter feed or something listing papers,
> effectively, could not Zoobank effectively do that under a twitter account
> #Zoobank that does a daily "whats new":

ZooBank already has an RSS feed; would a separate Twitter feed be useful?  How best to use the 140 characters?  A core ZooBank URL is minimally 55 characters ("http://zoobank.org/" + 36 characters for the UUID -- though we could strip the dashes and make it 51 characters total).  How best to use the remaining characters?

Please bear in mind that I only vaguely understand what Twitter is.... (I develop sophisticated databases, and cutting-edge diving technology; but I'm a total luddite when it comes to social media).


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