I have been on Twitter (@a_williams06 and @MyLifeIsHistory) for over four years now, and I find it awesome. I use my personal account to keep tabs on friends, institutions, favorite artists and celebrities, causes I care about, etc. My “professional” account (the one I use for this blog) is used for following Twitter accounts that have a historical focus. These include museums, individuals, universities, professional organizations, and so forth. Mostly I post links to articles, but occasionally I’ll put in more personal tweets. Sometimes, Twitter can be put to use as a method of historical conversations.
Case in point, this past Monday, the lovely people at the Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_palaces) gave control of their Twitter account to King Henry VIII (or, rather, a curator masquerading as KH8), my favorite historical tyrant, king, and all-around badass. Followers could tweet their questions, and what followed was delightfully amusing and informational. Click on the gallery below to see some of my favorites.
Why this type of Twitter conversation is neat is because it allows not only for us commonfolk to interact with royalty (or, rather, a wonderful historical organization), but we also learn. All jest aside, it demonstrates that people who have an interest in a subject can easily interact with the experts in an informative, creative, and vibrant way which elicits great conversations. And this is one of the reasons why I really like Twitter as a venue for historical conversations.
Bonus: one of my other favorites: