Archivists on Twitter
More and more archivists are active on social media networks. One of these social media networks is Twitter. On Twitter people can put short messages containing 140 characters to tell the world what they are doing or what they think is important to know or to share.
Archivists have also discovered Twitter. Lots of archivists are on Twitter to share news about archives and to be in contact with their colleagues and their followers.
Twitter event #AskArchivists
To get more attention for archives on Twitter there was a Twitter event #AskArchivists on 2011 June 9th. This Twitter event was managed by Charlotte S H Jensen of the National Museum (National Museet) in Copenhagen (Denmark) & Anneke van Waarden-Koets of the Zealand Archive (Zeeuws Archief) in Middelburg (the Netherlands). The Twitter event was an international happening, so every archive and archivist in the world could take part. The name of the Twitter event was: Ask Archivists. The hashtag (#) for the Twitter event was: #AskArchivists. Feel free to continue using the tag to contact the archival community on Twitter.
The idea for #AskArchivists came from the famous Twitter event #askacurator, which was held in September 2010 and it was a great success!
#AskArchivists Day on Twitter
On Thursday June 9th, 2011 it was #AskArchivists Day on Twitter. On that day everybody could ask questions to archivists in the world on Twitter. The main goal of the Twitter event #AskArchivists was to get more attention for archives and their collections and to know what archivists like about their profession. And of course that archivists and people on Twitter can get directly into contact with eachother. Through Twitter, archivists inform their followers about events, new collections, publications and other things worth knowing. They also keep in touch with their colleagues about their profession. People on Twitter can ask questions, give tips and can retweet interesting archive tweets.
Information about #AskArchivists Day on Twitter
Keep informed about #AskArchivists and follow the social media: Twitter account @AskArchivists, the Blog Ask Archivists, the Twubs page #AskArchivists and the Twapperkeeper #AskArchivists. (These pages now contain evaluation etc. abt. the event)
Charlotte and Anneke