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Commemoration and Social Media

Jose Walsh Imagining the Anzac experience using Twitter 31 March 2015

Museums embrace social media to tell the story of ANZAC

Source: AWM P08286.054

Source: AWM P08286.054

While WWI proceeded without the benefits of email and twitter, the Museum of Australian Democracy and the Australian War Memorial have asked people to imagine if it had been available 100 years ago – how would it have been used?

Social media has redefined the Australian political landscape. Politicians are expected to have some (if not multiple) forms of online presence—a website, blog, Facebook page or Twitter profile. Australian voters rely on these pages and platforms as valid and up-to-date sources of critical information released by those charged with running the country.

Imagine if Twitter had been around 100 years ago at the time the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli. How would soldiers, nurses, and officers on the front line have shared their experiences? What would the politicians, media outlets and members of the public have said in 140 characters or less?

The museum is proud to be part of ‘ABCNews1915’, a unique and ground-breaking project co-ordinated by the ABC and Twitter Australia, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli. The ABCNews1915 Twitter account will share primary source material from over Twitter 60 accounts, reimagining the landing at Gallipoli reported by an uncensored social media.

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Are you following #DailyDigger on Twitter?

The Australian War Memorial has launched #DailyDiggera centenary initiative providing a daily narrative of the First World War as told by the people who were there. Using personal quotes drawn from digitised private letters and diaries of First World War diggers and nurses, this narrative will reveal the thoughts, activities, and responses of all ranks as they experienced active service during this conflict.

A featured quote from one of the diaries or letters, digitised as part of Anzac connections for each day of 1915, will be uploaded to Twitter on the corresponding date in 2015.

You can follow Daily Digger tweets on Twitter.

To see how other CAMD museums are telling the story of WWI and its impact on Australia and New Zealand explore our CAMD WWI Centenary Calendar of Events & Activities

 

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