On May 1st, users of Scottish Gaelic were caught by surprise when
Twitter timelines on mobile phones and desktops started to fill with
Gàidhlig tweets – so much so that the tweets were flying round the
world at a pace of 2.5 Tweets per minute and made an impression on way
over four million timelines.
More than 1.5 million people saw the Tweets and over 1000 people wrote
a unique Tweet with many more people Retweeting to their friends.
A spokesperson from the organisation behind Latha Twitter na Gàidhlig
(Gaelic Twitter Day), Social Media Alba, which describes itself as a
young and creative outward looking Social Media initiative with
Scottish Gaelic at its heart, said: “I can’t thank everyone enough who
participated in Gaelic Twitter Day.
“On the day, I witnessed people and organisations from all walks of
life and different places around the world come together under a
common goal to create more awareness of the Gaelic language in the
modern context of today’s Digital Age.
The results we achieved were super impressive and that has given us a
hard target to beat at next year’s Gaelic Twitter Day, but it’s a
challenge I’m sure we will all rise to when the time comes.”
Minister for Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan said: “The fact that
the #Gàidhlig reached more than 1.5 million people and was embraced
from New Lanark to Nova Scotia clearly shows that the Gaelic language
is an important part of many people’s everyday lives.
“There is great passion from speakers brought up with Gaelic and those
at all stages of learning the language and Twitter focused their
energy for one day of celebration.
“I would like to commend everyone involved in organising the day for
surpassing their targets so spectacularly, thank everyone that took
part and look forward to next year’s event.”
The next Gaelic Twitter Day has been scheduled for 30th April 2015.
In the meantime, people can search for the #Gàidhlig hashtag on
Twitter or other Social Media to get a flavour of the discussions
going on in the Gaelic world and follow the
Gaelic Twitter Day blog to keep up to date with the news as
it is released.