There are lots of examples of people livetweeting as a character from a book, or from history. It’s a way tro inhabit that person’s context, fictional, or historical as that may be. It’s a way to create an understanding of historical, personal, social or historical contexts from a personal perspective.

In order to tweet as a person, you have to understand their psarticular context, perspective. What makeds them who they are.

Here are some examples.

The Jane Austen Twitter Project is a twitter collaboration between individuals online who co-wrote a book ( A Ball at Pemberley )- in their own tweets.

A Ball at Pemberley came into being after Adam Spunberg and famed author Lynn Shepherd conceived of an idea: What if Jane Austen lovers from around the world could tweet a Jane Austen sequel in turns? Later on, Savanna New would also join the admin team and together, tens of people from six continents would go on to write a 100,000-word novel!”

@RealTimeWWII

This is an account run by an historian, Alwyn Collinson, who has been livetweeing world war two.

Here’s wikipedia’s account of him.

“Collinson began the feed in late August 2011, to coincide with the start of World War II with the German Invasion of Poland in September 1939. He has tweeted the events of the war as they happened on each date and time exactly 72 years earlier. Currently tweeting the events of January 1941, the feed has over 265,000 followers and has received worldwide media attention”

The account follows the timeline of the war, with tweetsd from real events that happened on the day.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Japanese in China have better equipment but are badly outnumbered- in Changsha, 120,000 Japanese faced 1.2million. <a href=”http://t.co/2jOCbaeKcX”>pic.twitter.com/2jOCbaeKcX</a></p>&mdash; WW2 Tweets from 1941 (@RealTimeWWII) <a href=”https://twitter.com/RealTimeWWII/statuses/388429761749340160″>October 10, 2013</a></blockquote>
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@ukwarcabinet

does something similar. Tweets from the UK national Archives which follow the Second World War unfolding to the day, 70 years later.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p>Viscount Cranbourne: an official approach to de Valera would be &quot;useless for the present and harmful for the future&quot; <a href=”http://t.co/1Rr1V4PWOr”>http://t.co/1Rr1V4PWOr</a></p>&mdash; War Cabinet (@ukwarcabinet) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ukwarcabinet/statuses/389332367292497920″>October 13, 2013</a></blockquote>
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@CaptainRFScott

Scott’s journals of his ASntartic voyage  tweeted day by day.

There are hundreds of characters from history and fiction tweeted. It can be a way for your students to follow an event or person from history, or to recreate it themselves.

twhistory is a site with resources and space for students to recreate a character or event from history through tweets, a reenactment of history broadcast in real time. They post projects for students to do and support them with resources. Everything from the History of the Internet, to the War in Afghanistan to the Boston Tea Party.

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