I am still getting the hang of Twitter and how to use it for academic purposes. For years I refused to create an account because I wasn’t sure exactly what purpose it served and I didn’t want to be on another form of social media shared with distasteful celebrities. However, now that I’ve been expected to keep up a Twitter account I’ve realized it’s much more than celebrities and tabloid news. It has been a fun experience following other historians and getting to understand the tech humanities a little bit more. However, while I’ve gotten used to reading other people’s tweets, I’m still getting the hang of tweeting my own thoughts out in the Twitterverse.
Live tweeting was a very interesting experience. I purposefully chose what would be an exciting day to do my live tweeting so I would have a little bit better of a chance of not being a boring tweeter. The day we tested the Histories of the National Mall in DC and I knew there would be lots of pictures and fun experiences that would make for a good day of reading for all of those who cared to follow me.
While I managed to get out quite a few tweets, testing a mobile website and switching back and forth between Twitter was a little bit more difficult than I had initially planned—which should have probably been the first issue that popped into my mind when I chose that day. However, Alyssa, Jordan, and I managed even though I was usually a few feet behind them playing on my phone so I could tweet more of our day out.
The only other issue we had was the length of the day. We ended up being able to test the mobile website a little bit faster than anticipated, which meant that my day of live tweeting was cut just a little shorter than I would have liked. I did manage to get out plenty of tweets full of interesting information about mobile testing on the Mall and it appeared the people following us from the center enjoyed watching us run around the National Mall attempting to find new clues on our scavenger hunt. Those invigorating tweets can be found here: