I resisted joining twitter for a long time. I didn’t really think it was for me. I’m not really the flash mob or tweet-up type. I finally gave in this summer and it has totally changed the way I use the internet. I love it. Way more influential to me than facebook.
Its interesting that I have two totally separate crowds on the two platforms. Facebook is family, local friends, classmates; in general people I see every week or could run into any time. Twitter is more like the conversations I have related to my blogs, mostly with people I’ve never met in person. My twitter community is also much more closely tied to my blogs. Many of the blogs I include in the round-ups on Contagions, I only learned about on twitter.
The only thing that would make twitter better is for more medievalists to get involved. So what is on twitter for you?
Medieval bloggers on twitter: Tim Clarkson of Senchus, Jeffery Cohen of In the Middle, Matthew Gabriele and Larry Swain of Modern Medieval, Vaulting & Vellum, Got Medieval, Badonicus, Richard Scott Nokes of Unlocked Wordhoard, Steven Till, Steve Mulhberger, and oh yeah, me (@MZiegler3). I’m sure there are many others that I’ve missed.
Here are some of the organizations and themed tweeters of interest for medievalists. They tweet news and views, academic paper links, conference announcements etc. A couple like @CryforByzantium and @RomanCaerleon tweet in the guise of an Antique or Medieval person.
Medievalists.net @Medievalists – tweets news, announcements, and articles all day, every day
Medieval Manuscripts @MedievalMSS – tweets manuscript images daily
Medieval Archives @MedievalArchive
BibliOdyssey @BibliOdyssey – Blogs and tweets on old books and illustrations, often medieval.
Archaeology Rome @jntribolo
String of Bede’s @Bedes_String
Roman Caerleon Museum @RomanCaerleon
Headland Archaeology (Ireland) @headlandarch
English Heritage @EnglishHeritage
Irish Archaeology @irarchaeology
Medieval Books @Medievalbooks – Tweets and links to book reviews
Constantine XI @CryforByzantium
Melisende @mzmelisende - Historian of Women’s history
Medieval Congress @KzooICMS
Past Horizons @PastHorizons – portal of articles, projects and more for archaeology
In addition to all this there are scores of medievalists on twitter and with this many academics there is plenty of general academic news and views. The recent events at UCDavis were old news on twitter before the main news channels picked it up at all.
You don’t need smart phones to tweet. Some people tweet all day long, others only once a week or so. You can set it up so that your blog posts are tweeted automatically, painless advertising. How about giving it a try?