James Long

Twitter for me has always been in the background, I'm one of those people that tries to keep up with the technology around them. Being very fortunate, the Farm in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk is very close to the heart of the town, plenty of internet reception to use. I have always used twitter for farming. I don't know what it is but I always find twitter the most use for business and learning about what other people do. 

I was approached by Simon to participate in the @farmersoftheUK account. Which I gladly accepted and due to the popularity of the account I was put on the waiting list for 6 months. This was great because it gave me long enough to think about what I was going to say and capture lots of photos. 

I was given the week of 27th July to 2nd August 2015. This was perfect for us as a farm, pretty much lift off for harvest and plenty of things going on. I used the account mainly to see people opinions and get some feedback from everything I spoke about. I found it best to sector each of the 7 days, for example taking about machinery one day and a particular crop on another. It also made me feel somewhat assured of all of the hard work going on out there in the country. 

Something I also learnt and had to bear in mind was to respect everyone's comments and opinions. Obviously with 15k people following you are very open to the public, such a power. 

If you do decide to participate the best thing is to plan your time and content as people look at twitter all around the clock. 

Follow me: 

Twitter @jim_long 

Instagram @jamess_long 

I have also a bit of experience with twitter accounts because I set up @harvest_uk which I am looking for a new full time host to take over the account. Please give me an email if you would be interested.jameslong44@googlemail.com