Can Twitter be serious?

‘Twitter’ sounds frivolous and trivial but this belies its potential as an academic resource.

The tools for communicating on the web possess well-documented good and bad aspects, and there is an interesting literature emerging on the impact of their use on the practice of archaeology (1).

Like many people born well before the invention of the web, I have a tendency to be resistant to social media, but I was introduced to the mysteries of Twitter by my business mentor when setting up as a freelancer, and I have found it to be a surprisingly useful tool to keep in touch with news on archaeology and heritage matters.

While reviewing the past year, I realised that I have had my attention drawn by ‘tweets’ to a number of interesting images, articles and campaigns that I would not otherwise have been aware of. Examples include:

If I find particularly useful tweets like these, I share them by re-tweeting, and the information appears on the Trust website (bottom left-hand side). You don’t need a Twitter account to see the content, and you’ll find links there to curated information connected to archaeology and heritage, often particularly relevant to Norfolk.

Though I have got to grips with Twitter, I still don’t understand Facebook. Perhaps that will be my resolution for the New Year...


(1) see for example ‘The Social Web and Archaeology’s Restructuring: Impact, Exploitation, Disciplinary Change.’ Sara Perry & Nicole Beale Open Archaeology. Volume 1, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2300-6560, DOI: May 2015

News in brief

  • Saturday 9 January NNAS lecture: Lost Country Houses in Norfolk: History and Archaeology Dr Sarah Spooner, University of East Anglia 2.30pm at the Town Close Auditorium, Castle Museum, Norwich. Lectures are free to all members; non-members are most welcome and are asked to leave a small donation.
  • Saturday January 16 NAHRG lecture: Belonging and Belongings in the Land of the Iceni Natasha Harlow (Postgraduate Researcher, University of Nottingham) UEA (Room Arts 01.01) at 2.30 pm. Non-members are welcome to try one or two lectures before joining NAHRG.