My favourite Twitter account is @1914Tweets
Which is news that happened on this day 100 years ago. It’s a really interesting history and media project upon which I stumbled a couple of weeks (plus, y’know, a hundred years) before archduke Franz Ferdinands assassination. And since then it’s been updates on suffragettes bombing men’s clubs, the weather in Berlin, ultimatum’s being sent out, troops assembled, the emperor’s holidays in Norway, alliances being affirmed.
There are several things I like about it. Firstly, i actually find it interesting, to see how this war started and what else happened in this very important year.
Secondly, using Twitter to spread news that are a hundred years old? It is a joke, it is punk, it is silly, it is undermining everything humourless media scholars taught me and I love it.
Thirdly, it sometimes intertwines oddly with current events. @1914Tweets is in German and the updates are Austria/Germany focussed. And I have of course a lot of Actually Current Current Events from Austria/Germany in my twitter feed and sometimes, if you just scroll down, it’s hard to say what’s what. Today in 1914, Austria-Hungary has decided that there will be no peaceful solution to the conflict with Serbia and it is mobilizing troops and tanks. Today in 2014, Austrian police is vacating a squatted house - and also mobilizing troops and tanks.