Over on my personal blog I wrote a recap in Danish of the first Twitter Meetup in Sonderborg.
Under the tag #6400tweetup a conversation had been going on twitter about meeting up and putting faces to the local twitter users.
The meeting was a Thursday two weeks ago at Cafe Ib Rehne Cairo in Sonderborg and there were nine people who had signed up. We met at 18.30 had a drink and ate delicious burgers. The conversations were interesting as they always are when you have “known” people online and finally get to meet them in real life.
A great evening with a great bunch of people from all over the area.
Want to join next time?
Ann and I are tweeting as @hejsonderborg – do say hi if you are on Twitter.
If you are interested in receiving an email if another meetup is organised you can add yourself to the 6400TweetUp mailinglist:
A “Friday Bar” for people on Twitter? Twitter is still a bit of a niche media in Denmark and although there is a small amount of local tweeps, not that many of them have actually met. So this would be an idea to see people face to face that you might just know as a username.
“A tweetup is an event where people who Twitter come together to meet in person. Normally we connect with our friends online after we have met them. At a tweetup you meet the people you might only otherwise know virtually. Like finally putting a name to a face, a tweetup is a great opportunity to really connect with the people in your network and share just a little more than 140 characters at a time.” — Cary Snowden
When we were living in London I used to attend the local #WhampGather and it was always a lot of fun, meeting a lot of good people there.
Since we moved to Sønderborg a year ago I have been fascinated by the history of this region and in particular how destiny has changed the lords of these lands back and forth between dukes, kings and kaisers. The most spectacular change is probably Denmark’s defeat in the Second Schleswig War and more the Battle of Dybbol in 1864.
In 2014 it will be 150 years since the battle took place and there will be renewed attention to this war. One very interesting idea in telling the story of what caused the war and how the different parties progressed is the recently started 1864live.dk created by three historians; Peter Yding Brunbech, Steffen Lind Christensen and Lene Elmegaard Bladt. 1864live publishes small snippets of text on a blog, Twitter and Facebook as they happened 150 years ago like this:
We asked the people who created the site a couple of questions about the site.
Where did you get the idea for the project?
We got inspiration from many different social platform communication projects, but the most important one is probably the project RealtimeWWII that is live tweeting from the second world war.
What technology do you use to manage the 3 platforms?
We tried a couple of different systems but decided on a wordpress-blog because it was the easiest to update on blog twitter and Facebook automatically. It’s working ok, but of course it would be better to create separate content for each platform. That would however take too much time.
What sources do you use?
We are all historians and use a range of different sources. Amongst others some good general works on Danish foreign policy and German policy in the period. But also contemporary newspapers such as “Fædrelandet” and “Illustreret Tidende”. And some of the older very thorough works on the subject like Neergaard’s “Danmark under junigrundloven”
Do you have any plans or thoughts about translations?
It would be great to be able to do it in German and/or English but we simply dont have the resources
Are you collaborating with any institutions?
We are not collaborating with anyone at the moment but have a very open mind as to the possibilities. We just have not gotten around to it yet.
Which aspects of the conflict do you find the most interesting yourself?
Perhaps because I am an historian my chief interest is the very complex political background to the whole conflict, and how it is very difficult to understand the conflict properly if you do not understand the different views in those days on such concepts as nation, state and democracy.
Do you get any funding?
No, we don’t but we wouldn’t say no to some either 🙂
– Very interesting idea. I hope they can keep up the steam over the next two years and I am looking forward to following the war – from a distance.