#Oink-ing the Truth about H1N1

What will you be doing Sunday, August 16 at 9 a.m. EST???

If you’re like me, you’ll be #oink -ing!

What is #oink?

#Oink is an effort to teach consumers and the media the facts about the H1N1 virus in which pork producers, supporters, and fans will be using the microblogging site Twitter.

Each tweet will include the hashtag #oink, a tactic inspired by @FarmerHaley who encouraged his twitter followers to #moo on his birthday in support of dairy farmers.

My birthday, the day after @FarmerHaley’s, some of us were joking on Twitter that we should #oink for my birthday.

Four days later I received a direct message via twitter from @AFBFMace asking me to help spread the word that he was working with the pork board to start a twitter campaign using #oink to spread the truth about the H1N1 virus.

Why should I #oink?

The misnamed H1N1 virus has devastated the pork industry.  Consumers need to hear the facts instead of the sensational headlines featuring improper names for the virus.

I’ve previously blogged about the importance of all agriculturalists pulling together and spreading the truth about H1N1, but this twitter campaign gives people around the world an opportunity to help farmers.

How do I get involved?

Make sure to follow @farmerfeed to get the latest updates on the #oink movement!

Tweet with us on Sunday and include the hashtag: #oink.  You can see all the other #oink tweets in realtime by watching TwitterSearch.

If you’ve taken your #oink-ing to the level of obsession (like I have) you can add the #oink Twibbon!twitterProfilePhoto.jpg

Twibbon adds a banner to your profile picture so that all your twitter followers can see it.

What should I say besides #oink?

Anything you can do to help spread the truth about H1N1 would be greatly appreciated by pork producers everywhere!

This also gives us a great chance to share facts and videos (like the ones below) that educate consumers about pork safety and the humane production methods used by pork producers across the country.

I can’t wait to see you #oink with us on Sunday!

About Celeste

Celeste grew up on a family beef cattle and show pig farm in Western Kentucky. In addition to farming and life as a restaurant wife, Celeste owns Celeste Communications where she works as a photographer, graphic designer, videographer and consultant. This blog is Celeste's personal soapbox. Any ranting or raving is her own and does not reflect the opinions of any of her clients. All photos and posts are copyrighted property of Celeste Communications.

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