Tha an ceathramh Là na #Gàidhlig a’ tighinn a dh’aithghearr – an Diardaoin seo! ‘S e amas an latha a chruinneachadh tòrr dhaoine air Meadhanan Sòisealta mar Twitter is Facebook gus an taga-hais #Gàidhlig a chleachdadh fad an latha a bhrosnachadh a’ Ghàidhlig air feadh an t-saoghail.
Am bliadhna, tha sinn an dòchas a bhith cho soirbheachail ris an robh sinn an-uiridh. Seo na toraidhean a chaidh seachad agus ar amasan airson 2017:
Toraidhean agus Amasan 2017
2014 2015 2016 2017 (amasan)
Tuitichean 3690 4251 4390 4500
Tuitairean 1084 1308 1282 1300
Deargaidhean 4, 334, 733 7, 790, 211 8, 560, 648 10,000,000
Ruigse 1, 727, 975 2, 136, 421 2, 791, 434 3,000,000
The fourth Là na #Gàidhlig (Gaelic Twitter Day) takes place this Thursday, 20th April 2017. The aim of the day is to involve as many people as possible to contribute to Social Media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, etc) by using the #Gàidhlig hashtag to help create further awareness of the Scottish Gaelic language.
This year, we hope to beat last year’s results! Here are this year’s targets and the results to date:
This year’s Targets
2014 2015 2016 2017 (Targets)
Tweets 3690 4251 4390 4500
Tweeters 1084 1308 1282 1300
Impressions 4, 334, 733 7, 790, 211 8, 560, 648 10,000,000
Reach 1, 727, 975 2, 136, 421 2, 791, 434 3,000,000
Following the success of last year’s Gaelic Twitter Day – summarised here in a letter to The National
– and due to a change in circumstances – this year’s Gaelic Twitter Day has been scaled down and so this means we need more people than ever to participate and see if we can beat our targets! Looking at thow the event has developed year on year – there’s every confidence this can still be achieved!
Here’s a brief overview of how the event has grown and changed over the years:
Là na #Gàidhlig 2014 | Gaelic Twitter Day 2014
The first event took place on the 1st May 2014 after a year of preparations including two trips to Friesland in the Netherlands, a trip to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, a presentation in Wales and gaging support with key supporters in Scotland. Ever since the outset, there has always been a progressive, internationalist approach taken when organising Gaelic Twitter Day. In this first year, we broke all our targets; Public bodies from across Scotland took part, including the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government and Historic Scotland; the First Minister tweeted in Gaelic for the first time and gave support to the event; the Scottish Football Association turned its Twitter page to Gaelic for the day – another first; there was superb international coverage of the Day by An Là on BBC Alba; and of course, the #Gàidhlig
hashtag was trending for several hours!
Là na #Gàidhlig 2015 | Gaelic Twitter Day 2015
On the 30th April 2015, the second event was held which proved to be even bigger than the year before. We even had a hub at Coffee and Craic on Elderslie Street, Glasgow where top Scottish celebrities stopped by to take part in the day: Sanjeev Kohli, Michelle McManus, Àdhamh Ó Broin and Carina MacLeod. Getting local businesses and the self employed involved was a key theme of this year. It was also the year the event received national recognition at the Scottish Gaelic Awards and local recognition at the Jobs and Business Glasgow Enterprise Awards. More importantly, it was the first year that schools got involved – both from here and in Tennessee, USA. Outlander fans also introduced a new dimension to the event by forming and trending their own #GaelicTwitterDay
Là na #Gàidhlig 2016 | Gaelic Twitter Day 2016
Last year, the event was brought forward to align with International Twitter Day for Smaller Languages and it meant working closely with my friends in Friesland again. The event also got some coverage in the Daily Record
. As well as looking to introduce Instagram into the mix with Twitter and Facebook, the event was launched in Lanark at a Gaelic Open Day held by the Clydesdale Community Gaelic Initiative and supported by local politicians and Sgioba Luaidh Inbhir Chluaidh. The event was made possible due to a successful crowdfunder which created a sponsored Gaelic Day Cèilidh at the Iron Theatre by Theatre Gu Leòr and had Anndra MacRae, a Gaelic learner, sponsoring the Gaelic Twitter Day event. There were balloons, banners, flyers and badges galore; and that’s not to forget about the specially produced radio shows being broadcast from Baltimore, USA and the media coverage from the National newspaper
If you’re an organisation or individual looking to take part in the Day, then start telling your family, friends and followers on Social Media now and start to build up an interest and awareness of what you’ll be doing to take part and when. For some tips, check out the blog
Most of all have fun, and enjoy Là na #Gàidhlig