Personal Publishing

Tweeting History

My fascination with Twitter for publishing continues. An article I recently published about aggregating World War II history using Twitter is related to a more local history project I am working on. As many of you know, my home is St. Augustine, Florida, which is the oldest continuously occupied European-established city and port in the continental United States. You don’t grow up in a place like this without becoming a bit of a history fan. And, the community is gearing up to celebrate that history as we approach our 450th anniversary in 2015. It starts next year with the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida and continues with the explorers and attempts at settlement leading up to St. Augustine’s beginnings.

I have been experimenting with Twitter to see how well it can work to aggregate the content related to St. Augustine’s history and the upcoming celebrations. It is a perfect platform for pulling together stories, photos, video and events from any number of online sources to create a fascinating reading experience. Yes, I’m doing this with Flipboard in mind as the presentation platform, but I don’t doubt there will be more reading options available in the near future.

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There have been a few snags here and there, but so far I’m very pleased with the result. If you’d like to take a look, you can follow @MoultrieJournal in Flipboard or whatever Twitter reader you prefer. There is also a companion Moultrie Journal blog at WordPress.com.

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