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The case
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The Shorty Interview
with Spotticus Giraffe

What are six things you could never do without?
Smart phone, hoof shine, humans, TV remote, squirrels, taxidermist.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough- I’d enjoy his tweets on day-to-day things!
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
@TheEllenShow- a lovely lady and her audience are alway super excited. A bit like junior school groups when they visit the musuem!
Why should we vote for you?
Because I’m fun, I’m flirty, I’m informative & I have wonderfully long eyelashes. And I’m a dead giraffe that tweets. You don’t see that every day.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
All my #museummascot friends around the world. I'm not sure how so many artefacts have gained Wi-Fi access. Someone should look into it.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#GiraffesAreForLifeNotJustForTwitter- as we are now an endangered species!
How do you make your tweets unique?
I try to take an broad objective view. As a giraffe it's easy to miss out on the little things in life.
What inspires you to tweet?
Other tweeters, followers, visitors, the need for attention... lots of things really...
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Tweet constantly, just not about your meals, job or the Kardashians. No one wants to read that.
How long can you go without a tweet?
I have gone a week without tweeting, but that's because the chimps stole my smart phone. What can I say- Dead Zoo problems.
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
I think the wildlife organisations are using it for so much good, helping raise awareness for endangered animals all over the world.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That an animal cannot master a QWERTY keyboard
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
Well there are other animals that tweet but I know of only one animal that's now an art installation- @Hirst_Shark
How do you decide what to tweet?
As a giraffe of the world I like to discuss current events, like updates on endangered species & the latest episode of Downton Abbey.
How do you use social media to motivate yourself or others to live a healthier life?
Ah.... I'm dead so I don't see that being relevant to me. But hey- eat lots of carrots & be nice to each other- that's be a good start.
Why'd you start tweeting?
It's the one way I can communicate our visitors without scaring- I think most of them wouldn't be able to handle a dead taking giraffe.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Absolutely- I have a lovely herd of followers now that remind me of the old times back in the 1950's when I was alive. It completes me.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Be nice! You humans have come up with some wonderful technology- it seems a pity to waste it on trolling & being nasty to others
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
The worst has to be drunk tweeting- that's why the chimps and wallabies are not allowed smart phones.

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Most recent nominations
for Spotticus Giraffe

Nat'l Museum Ireland
Nat'l Museum Ireland @NMIreland
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because he is OUR stuffed 3m Rothschild's Giraffe
Kate Tynan
Kate Tynan @katehoulihoop
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because he is head, neck & shoulders above the others!!
BirdWatch Ireland
BirdWatch Ireland @BirdWatchIE
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because i'm so impressed he can tweet with hooves.
Maeve Houlihan
Maeve Houlihan @MaeveHoulihan
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum b/c this world is a bit more fun when deceased giraffes tweet
Kilkee Civic Trust
Kilkee Civic Trust @KilkeeCivicTrus
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because he's the best he's the best giraffe tweeter we know!
Karolina
Karolina @karolinabadz
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because... this #giraffe rocks the museum world!
Rebecca Lumsden
Rebecca Lumsden @VikingColourDub
I nominate @spotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because... I love seeing the museum from his point of view!
brian houlihan
brian houlihan @brian276
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because... he's the chatty one!
Claire Hanrahan
Claire Hanrahan @CHanrahan1
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because... I love his tweets
Póló
Póló @irlpol
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because he does a fabulous interview.
Marie Sheridan
Marie Sheridan @crownprincess50
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because...I love his Tweets!
Carole
Carole @IrPsych
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because he/she (not sure) will be a pain in the neck otherwise.
Miriam Dowling
Miriam Dowling @mirmo2010
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because I'll never hear the end of it if I don't!
Teresa McGuinness
Teresa McGuinness @SweetenedVoices
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum for all the hard work he does in lifting the lid on museum life
Warwickshire Museum
Warwickshire Museum @OisinTheDeer
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because she's taught me a few home truths about chimps.
Dartmouth Museum
Dartmouth Museum @DartmouthMuseum
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #museum because... she can see into our top floor window
brian houlihan
brian houlihan @brian276
I nominate @SpotticusNH for a Shorty Award in #nonhuman because she doesn't let being a Giraffe stop her tweeting
Catherine McGuinness
Catherine McGuinness @CatsInTheMuseum
I nominate @spotticusnh for a Shorty Award in #museum because it's a frickin tweeting giraffe! http://shortyaward...