Thursday, January 13, 2011

Calling All #wmnhist Hashtag Users on Twitter

Over the past several months/years (I am new to twitter, please forgive my temporal disjunction) there have been several #wmnhist twitter projects started. Most recently @ShelbyKnox started one to create a calendar of "This Day in History" called the Radical Women's History Project for women's achievements. A while back @AAUW - American Association of University Women - started a similar one called Women's History Wednesday to start a twitter dialogue with the #wmnhist hashtag. And anybody who is anybody uses #wmnhist if they are tweeting about something related to Women's History (and they have enough room left with the 140 character allotment). And I know that there have been others that I am just not aware because I just came aboard Twitter, so please forgive me!

That being said...I have created an online newspaper called "Women's History Weekly Digest." This is an aggregate e-newspaper that pulls all the tweets with the #wmnhist hashtag and publishes it like a newspaper with "contributors." I came across this awesomeness because a blog entry I wrote and then tweeted was picked up. 

I thought it was too cool to pass up, so I tried it out to see what it would look like. The only information I entered for searching was the #wmnhist hashtag. The website does all the rest, including categories. Chick History is the "creator" but controls no content. It automatically updates every Thursday with tweets containing that hashtag and a link to a blog or article from the week.

I've been inspired by all the #wmnhist tweets and efforts, and I thought this would be a great way to showcase all the collected knowledge of our tweets! The more we tweet and the more people pick this up, the larger the scope will get and I think will be a amazing way to connect and learn what everyone is doing around the world with Women's History. It even has a link to get an html code to embed into all our respective websites. 

Here is the link, and forward this on to anyone you think might be interested! 


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