A Sacramento State freshman is giving a voice to all squirrels on campus through a Twitter account.
@CSUS_Squirrel’s creator, who asked to keep his true identity anonymous to maintain the squirrels’ appearance, started the profile in December 2015.
“I created the account mainly for the silly idea of pretending to represent the vast majority of the squirrels on campus,” the profile’s creator said.
What a great day to be a squirrel @sacstate!🍁🍃 pic.twitter.com/u4oO8kQJDO
— SacStateSquirrel (@CSUS_Squirrel) December 18, 2015
Tweets of @CSUS_Squirrel are composed by observing how the squirrels act and what he imagines they would say to each other.
“I mostly think to myself, ‘what would a squirrel say about or during this situation?’” he said.
“@mistah_overton: @CSUS_Squirrel trying to kick us out of our table pic.twitter.com/jSbNqvmsox” We’re just trying to make a conversation!
— SacStateSquirrel (@CSUS_Squirrel) February 29, 2016
Matthew Fosse, a graduating senior at Sac State studying organizational communication, discovered the profile after noticing one of his pictures was retweeted.
“I thought it was a funny idea and decided to give it a chance and follow it,” Fosse said of the account. “So far, it has lived up to my expectation.”
Fosse tweeted a photo of a squirrel with an apple on a tree branch to @CSUS_Squirrel and received a reply that garnered him more than 30 likes and retweets combined.
@sacstate Jeff wanted me to get this shot of him on top of a tree. He’s so agile. pic.twitter.com/iq8WmYOqUX
— SacStateSquirrel (@CSUS_Squirrel) February 2, 2016
@m_fosse25 @sacstate I took the stairs.
— SacStateSquirrel (@CSUS_Squirrel) February 1, 2016
“It’s hard to miss the squirrels here at Sac State,” Fosse said. “If I have another awesome interaction with a squirrel like I did before, I will tweet at the account again.”
“@m_fosse25: @CSUS_Squirrel hey did you like the rest of my cupcake? pic.twitter.com/HDIAaf9ogX” Scrumptious! Do you have any more??
— SacStateSquirrel (@CSUS_Squirrel) March 15, 2016
The account’s creator said gaining followers means people are enjoying his idea enough to want to know more. He also realized the advantage of free publicity through retweets of his followers.
“Now, students are finding my tweets through retweets of fellow students who are following me,” the creator said. “So the popularity seems to be growing.”
“@sebillingsley: Move over squirrels. This turkey’s taking over. @SacStateCCE @sacstate pic.twitter.com/ImcHM59mYF” No that’s Jeff, he’s cool.
— SacStateSquirrel (@CSUS_Squirrel) March 9, 2016
Mentioning and tagging Sac State’s profile in his tweets have significantly helped promoting the account as well, he said.
The Sac State’s twitter profile also led Marissa Chavez, a freshman studying child development, to start following the squirrel account.
“I like the profile because it adds a face to all the squirrels around Sac State,” Chavez said. “It’s like if we were talking to them.”
@sacstate Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all the humans! pic.twitter.com/aIQxRXzhcQ
— SacStateSquirrel (@CSUS_Squirrel) March 18, 2016
Currently, the creator does not have any specific goals for the profile.
“I’m just having fun exploiting the charismatic behaviors of the squirrels,” he said.
I’m passing by the Dining Commons to look for scraps and a squirrel passing by me said don’t go inside, the humans are mad about a “bracket”
— SacStateSquirrel (@CSUS_Squirrel) March 19, 2016
Cat Alert: cat spotted near Placer Hall. Everyone move to the Well or the Residence Halls until further notice.
— SacStateSquirrel (@CSUS_Squirrel) April 20, 2016