An Owl for the British Isles ~ A Question for the United Kingdom and Beyond

By Dave Olson | 4 years ago | 18 Comments

HootSuite's Owly visited London last year
Owly made a trip over to London in 2010

The British Isles. Great Britain. The United Kingdom… No matter where you draw the lines, this region is geographically small(ish) but historically mighty. Indeed, this collection of countries, islands, cultures are a unique community of HootSuite users so we’ve started @HootSuite_UK to engage specifically with businesses and individuals from this region.

Understandably, this community of owls – our 3rd largest internationally – is in need of an Owly all for themselves. But with such a culturally diverse  group, it’s difficult to decide what outfit Owly should wear. So, we’re leaving it up to the experts… you, the people of these islands!

Choose Your Owl

Have your say and make sure we choose one that represents everyone – Scotland to Wales, from busy cities to tranquil countryside, and even the Isle of Mann – somewhat accurately. This Owly must be recognizable both locally and internationally but somehow capture a common thread prevalent throughout the Isles… plus makes all the ex-pats from the south of Spain to India, feel part of the club.

Share your thoughts in this 30-second simple questionnaire form. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Shakespeare Owly
  • Sherlock Holmes Owly
  • Rugby player Owly
  • Grandma having a cup of tea Owly
  • Gentleman in a bowler hat Owly
  • Your suggestion

Please, fill out this short form and soon we’ll have a localized British/Irish/Scottish/Welsh/Manx Owly flying high. Then this new flying friend will make it into our beloved HootKits and you might just have this distinguished Owly landing in your post box.

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Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

We have a winner!!! Stay tuned for the announcement and the Owly coming soon!

Internet Logistics
Internet Logistics 5pts

We voted the other day, I think a classic 60s style Beatle would work well

Recognisable around the world, and I think they represented the UK as a whole.

As for the initial suggestions, I don't think I feel any of the below represnt the UK very well

Rugby player Owly

Grandma having a cup of tea Owly

Gentleman in a bowler hat Owly

Mark 5pts

Welch should actually be spelt 'Welsh' :D

Securitysplat 5pts

If you do a Scottish-themed one for Burns Night or St Andrews Day it would be fitting to have an owl in a kilt playing the pipes...owls go "hoot," and "hoot" is a word in Scots English to express surprise!

For a UK-wide owl, how about one in a British Army Guards uniform with a bearskin helmet?

Bemused 5pts


Oh dear

*shakes head*

Eric W Smith
Eric W Smith 5pts

I think Olly the owl of Antiques roadshow fame would be recognisable all over the UK and it's iconic recognition of discovery and good fortune.

Melis E.
Melis E. 5pts

I would like to suggest an idea for the owl in U.K.

A Robin Hood Owl (maybe drinking a cup of english tea) would be a good idea in my opinion.

D. Dodge Silver
D. Dodge Silver 5pts

What? No beefeater Owly? Or a simple Union Jack Owly? And, is this Owly simply to represent England, or the entire UK?

Daryl 5pts

Have filled out the form with my suggestion for a Winston Churchill or British Bulldog Owly (nothing unites the British than a good old bit of Bosch-bashing!)

However - there appears to be something wrong with the link to "our beloved HootKits" in the last paragraph as it re-directs to some other ad-spam site....

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

Ahh geez, no wonder we need you help!

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

Great ideas - we have a few bagpipe fans here (well maybe its just me ;-).

Dave Olson
Dave Olson 5pts

In this case, we seek an Owly for the whole of UK so would like to stay away from anything too English.

Daryl 5pts

Oh, and, the questionnaire asks if you'd be happy to be a translator but doesn't ask for name/email address or any other identifier!