May 13, 2017

Twitter made easy

Simple Twitter Guide In Protest At The Barry Incinerator

Twitter is a superb way to campaign as everything is public. Large companies employ teams of people to look at social media, which is why you can write something without using the company’s twitter handle and yet, they will pick it up! The official twitter of DIAG is @stopbarryburnin – if this can be included in tweets that you send then they can be retweeted by the admins.

Hashtags #

A hashtag is simply a way to categorise a tweet’s topic(s), which then makes it easier for people to search for other tweets about those topics.
So, if you use the hashtag #ShapeMyFuture, your tweet will be linked to other tweets that have used this hashtag when it is searched for (simply press on this to bring up other tweets – click here to test).
For the incinerator campaign you will have seen a number of different hashtags used but please use #ShapeMyFuture and #GoodThinking. Why? These are the hashtags that Aviva use. They use #ShapeMyFuture for their pensions arm and #GoodThinking generally. This means that them, people who are thinking of using their product, investors etc will see our stream of negative Aviva tweets alongside Aviva’s own marketing!

Limited Characters

Character limits on twitter are limited to 140 characters, which is a good thing and a bad thing!
A few tips on making your character limits count are……


You may want to post an on-line article or a video but find that the link takes up a large portion of your limited characters on twitter. Use the website to shorten your links. If you put the web address into this site, it will shorten it for you, yet the person clicking on your link will still get to the article/petition/video etc. You simply copy and paste your long link into the ‘Paste a link to shorten it’ box. Then press ‘copy’ and you can now use the shortened link in your tweet. This Guardian article regarding air pollution ‘’ turns into this ‘’ when you put it through bitly.

Tag a photo

If you want to let lots of people know about your tweet, then the limited characters available will restrict this. So……why not add a photograph? This could be a general incinerator flyer or any other photo you think fits best. You are then able to ‘tag’ up to 10 people into the photo!

Use Quote Retweet not just Retweet – this gives you more characters to use to add to the original tweet or to make an argument against it!

Useful Twitter Handles

Twitter is a superb way to get your message out to a lot of people, very quickly. The reach you can achieve in a short space of time is only limited to the amount of active twitter users there are! Early on in the campaign, Michael Sheen signed and Retweeted a link to our petition. 275,000 of his followers instantly saw our campaign! Please have a look at the list of twitter handles that I have grouped as best I can. This includes celebrities, local business, politicians etc. The more noise we can make, the further we can spread our support and celebrity/business/political public support gives greater weight and credibility to our campaign.

Celebrities (the ones with a ‘yes’ next to their name have already tweeted support)

Michael Sheen – @michaelsheen (yes)
Derek Brockway – @DerekTheWeather (yes)
Eleri Sion – @EleriSion (yes)
Charlotte Church – @charlottechurch
Lee Selby – @leeselby126
Andrew Selby – @andrewselby1
Prof Brian Cox – @ProfBrianCox
Connie Fisher – @Conniefisher1
Colin Jackson – @ColinJackson
Russell Grant – @THERussellGrant
David Davies – @swimchampsDD

Local Business (and chains who have a presence near the incinerator)

Asda – @asda
Morrisons – @Morrisons
Halfords – @Halfords_uk
Vale of Glamorgan Brewery – @vogbrewery
Marcos – @Marcos_Cafe_
Coastal Coffee – @CoffeeCoastal
Bay 5 – @bay5coffee
O’Shea’s Fish & Chips – @Osheascafe
Howe Motors – @HoweMotorsBarry
Nina Estate Agents – @Ninaestates
Premier Inn – @premierinn (Newport branch thinking of closing due to noise)
Spectrum Displays (Woodham Road) – @SpectrumWales
Jewson – @Jewson
Hangfire – @hangfirebbq
Home Bargains – @homebargains
Filco Supemarket – @filcostore
Coconuts – @CoconutsBarry
The Mount Rooms – @MountRooms
High St Shopping Quarter – @HighStShop
Kimberley Danter – @KimberleyDanter


Cardiff & Vale Health Board – @CV_UHB
School of Bio Sciences at Cardiff University (Dr Kelly BeruBe is the long and particle research professor) – @BIOSI_Cardiff
World Health Organisation – @WHO
The BMJ – @bmj_latest
Cancer Research UK – @CR_UK
Community Child Health Directorate (at CAVHB) – @CAVCCH
Children and Women’s (at CAVHB) – @cavcw
Jenny Kowalczuk (Writer and researcher in global and public health) – @jenny_kowalczuk
Health and Care Research Wales – @ResearchWales
Joanne Brandon (Director of comms and engagement at CAVHB) – @CAVDirofComms
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Research and Development – @CAV_Research
Dr Frank Atherton (Chief Medical Officer for Wales) – @CMOWales
Royal Society for Public Health – @R_S_P_H
Public Health Network – @PHNetworkCymru


Jennie Griffiths (Head of Joint Fire Control for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service) – @GriffithsJECtrl


Healthy Schools Vale – @SchoolHealthVoG
Cardiff & Vale College – @CAVC
Little Inspirations Nursery – @littleinspirat1
Beechwood College – @Beechwood_Coll
Medical Education at Cardiff University – @mededcardiff
Barry Comprehensive School – @barry_comp
Bryn Hafren – @BrynHafrenComp
St Richard Gwyn – @strichardgwynba
Ysgol Y Deri – @YsgolYDeri
St Cyres – @StCyresSchool
Stanwell – @StanwellSchool ‏
Llantwit Major School – @LlantwitMajorSc ‏
Bute Cottage Nursery – @ButeCottageNurs ‏
Cadoxton Nursery – @CadoxtonPS
All Saints School – @allsaintsps
Barry Island Primary – @atbarryisland
Cadoxton Primary – @CadoxtonPS
Colcot Primary – @ColcotPrimarySc
Dinas Powys Primary – @DinasPowysPS
Gladstone Primary – @gladstonebarry ‏
Holton Primary – @Holtonprimary
Jenner Park Primary – @JennerPark ‏
Rhws Primary – @rhwsprimary
Romilly Primary – @romillypsnurs
St Andrews Major – @standrewsmajor
St Helen’s Primary – @sthcpsbarry
Cogan Primary – @CoganPrimary
Evenlode Primary – @evenlodeps
Gwenfo Primary – @GwenfoCWPrimary
High St Primary – @highstreetps
Llandough Primary -@LlandoughSchool
Oakfield Primary- @OakSch
Palmerston Primary – @palmerstonsch
Pendoylan Primary – @PendoylanCIWPS
St Joseph’s Primary –
Sully Primary –
Victoria Primary – @VictoriaPenarth
Ysgol Gwaun Y Nant –
Bro Morgannwg – @YGBroMorgannwg
Ysgol St Barac –
Cogan Nursery – @cogannursery
Cardiff Uni – @prifysgolCdydd

Politicians (in no particular order)

Carwyn Jones – @fmwales
Jane Hutt – @JaneHutt
Alun Cairns – @AlunCairns
Ken Skates – @KenSkatesAM
Shirley Hodges – @HodgesJunior
Nic Hodges – NP_H13

Governing Bodies, Charities etc

NRW – @NatResWales
Vale of Glamorgan Council – @VOGCouncil
Barry Town Council – @Barry_TC
Penarth Town Council – @PenarthCouncil
European Network of Environmental Professionals – @ENEP_NETWORK
Greenpeace – @GreenpeaceUK
Visit Wales – @visitwales
Well-being of Future Generations Act – @FutureGenCymru
Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales) – @sophiehowe
Rita Singh (Policy & Innovation at WOFGA) – @RitaSingh
Save Children Wales – @savechildrencym
Asthma UK – @asthmauk
UKCPA Respiratory Group – @UKCPAResp
British Lung Foundation – @lunguk
Biofuelwatch – @biofuelwatch
Plume Plotter – @plumeplotter
Ty Hafan – @tyhafan
Visit the Vale – @visitthevale
Fairfield Primary PTA – @FairfieldPTA

The Waterfront Housing Consortium (and the lenders)

Taylor Wimpey – @TaylorWimpey
Barratt – @BarrattHomes
Persimmon – @Persimmon Homes
Help To Buy Wales – @WalesApp
Hafod Housing – @HafodHousing

Barry Sports Teams

Barry Town United – @BarryTownUnited
Vale United FC – @ValeUnitedFC
Rhoose FC – @RhooseAFC
St Athan FC – @StAthanFC
Cowbridge Town FC – @cowbridgetownfc
Barry Athletic FC – @BarryAthleticFC
Barry Huskies Basketball – @Barryhuskies

Dinas Powys

Dinas Powys FC – @DinaspowysFC
Dinas Powys RFC – DinasPowisRFC
Dinas Powys Cricket Club – @DinasPowysCC
Dinas Powys Lawn Tennis Club – @DinasPowisLTC
Dinas Powys Athletic Club – @DinasAthletic



Sully Sports FC – @sullysportsfc
Sully Sports RFC – @SullySportsRFC


Penarth Pier – @PenarthPavilion
Penarth View – @PenarthView
Penarth Scouts t- @PenarthDistrict

News and current affairs

The Glamorgan Gem – @gem_news
The Barry & District News – @barrydistrict ‏
The Penarth Times – @PenarthTimes ‏
Dominic Hughes (BBC Health Correspondent) – @hughesthenews
Andrew Gregory (Investigative Health Journalist Daily Mirror) – @andrewgregory
Nick Palit (BBC journalist – Wales Today) – @nick911car
James Crichton-Smith (Health reporter at ITV Wales) – @JCrichtonSmith
BBC Cymru Wales Press Office – @BBCWalesPress
Wales Online – @WalesOnline
BBC Wales News @BBCWalesNews
Private Eye –
Bro Radio – @BRORADIO
Caplital Radio – @CapSouthWales

Local Groups

RNLI Barry – @RNLIBarrydock
Barry Island – @_BARRYISLAND_
Barrybados – @Barrybados
Barry and Vale Scouts – @BarryValeScouts
Barry Fete – @BarryFete
Glastonbarry – @Glaston_BARRY
Barry Memo – @BarryMemo
Barry Communities First – @CFirst_Barry
Barry Roundtable – @BarryRoundTable
Barry Ladies Circle – @BarryLadiesCirc

Ty Hafen Ambassadors

Leigh Halfpenny – @LeighHalfpenny1
Lucy Owen – @lucyowenwales
Rhodri Owen – @RhoddersOwen
Mark Colboure – @MarkColbourne
John Barrowman – @JohnBarrowman
Mark Wallace – @MarkWallace18