Twitter was given a rather more literal meaning, as Bill Oddie translated bird calls into tweets at ZSL London Zoo.
As the zoo's aviary woke up, Oddie and head bird-keeper Adrian Wallis were on hand to interpret the chirps of its tropical residents and summarise the results in 140 characters.
September sees a flurry of activity in the bird world as migration season begins, and so the event was held to mark the occasion.
Toby Sadler has this report on Bill Oddie's initiative.
According to Oddie, trained ears can pick up on the subtle differences that alter the meaning of a bird call.
One of Oddie's Tweets read:
Another Tweet read:
Oddie said he first realised the power of Twitter when posting about badger culling.
Throughout the morning, @BillOddie, @zsllondonzoo and @TwitterUK were sharing bird-related facts, stats, links and popular resources under the hashtag #BirdsThatTweet.