The ranger Tim Hogenbosch (34) from thhe village Bemmel is the best Twitterer in the Netherlands. The forester, who will change his present work area Utrecht to Nimwegen next month, received the Best Social Award last night, one of the most important social media prizes. “A huge honor,” he says. The winner was determined by both votes from the audience and by a professional jury. The price did not come as a surprise to Hogenbosch. Prior to that, he already headed for four of the five subjects. For example, according to a digital analysis of the organization, he already had the most active supporters, he threw the most positive Twitter messages into the world, he gets the most positive reactions and he has the most impressive influence. ,,It can hardly go wrong, I thought last night. I did not score any points on the subject ‘fatest viral”.
The forester of Maintenance of woodlands and nature, a governamental institute, started with Twitter about four years ago. He is best known for his positive tweets. According to the organization, 61 percent of his tweets are positive. We see him in films in mud puddles stomping with children, he puts under the name ‘RoseCap’ photos and videos of his daughter Roos (Rose) in nature on Twitter and at the end of last year even took a tame chew. The chew, which he called Hans, was feeded mealworms from his hands and Hans could take a swin in a pool in the garden. ,,I had previously found that chew on a bike path in Utrecht and decided to take it home. For three months I took care of him at home and all of that followed with the camera. Meanwhile the bird has flown out again. It has resulted in a huge number of new followers.”
Hogenbosch is amazed at all the negativity he encounters on social media. To change that, he wants to swing as much positivity as possible into the world. “People are often so angry and bitter on Twitter. It is incredible how much they complain. In the beginning I reacted sometimes and I went against it. I stopped that. I sometimes prefer to avoid discussions now and would like to contribute to making the twitter world more positive.”
One of his goals is to show ‘how beautiful our nature is’. and what he encounters in his work as a forester. His telephone does not stand in his way in his daily work. ,,It was not. In the past, you saw forest guards walking through the field with a shotgun. That time has long passed. The shotgun has now been exchanged for the telephone.”
From Monday 2 July, Hogenbosch will start work in Nijmegen and leave Utrecht. He will not reduce with Twitter, he assures. ,,The surroundings of Nijmegen are great. I want to show everyone that.”