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Tweeting to preserve history

I suppose Twitter still has its good use cases. Tweeting to preserve history isn’t one of them. I came across this fascinating Twitter thread by Marina Amaral about the Sami people, who’ve been living in what’s now Finland for thousands of years:

The thread runs for several tweets, and it includes wonderful resources such as maps, old photos, and more recent photos that illustrate how these people have adapted to a modern world.

As much as I enjoyed reading Marina’s wonderful overview of these people’s history, I couldn’t help but wonder why she chose to tweet this, instead of blogging it? She has a remarkable blog that covers a range of historical events, and themes.

When it comes to digital preservation of these sorts of cultural and historical legacies, surely publishing it to a blog would be a far better medium?

Photo credit: D Sami Reindeer 12 by Michiel van Nimwegen, licensed CC BY NC ND 2.0

By Paul

Enthusiast, writer, Happiness Engineer at Automattic. I take photos too. Passionate about my wife, Gina and #proudDad.

One reply on “Tweeting to preserve history”

Candid Kelly – Cardiff, Wales, U.K. – Gwen Stefani said it best, "I'm just a girl in the world". My personality type from the ENFP 16 personalities test! is a campaigner. I root for the underdogs, want to advocate for others to do the same, and try to be a better global citizen myself. Us ‘Campaigners’ "tend to see life as a big, complex puzzle where everything is connected – but unlike analysts we see it through a prism of emotion, compassion and mysticism, and are always looking for a deeper meaning." That’s a stereotype I can get behind. I am studying an MA in Travel and Nature Writing, at Bath Spa University, so there will be tales of my wanderings and observations, but mostly just candid accounts of how I'm trying to make my fraction of time on the planet a fascinating experience in which I support my fellow man.
Candid Kelly says:

Yes! But so many people scroll rather than read, maybe she wanted some immediate feedback? Maybe she’s trying to drive traffic to her blog?

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