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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Outcome #followanarchive survey

Charlotte made a powerpoint presentation of the outcome of the #followanarchive survey.
It was a great day! Thanks everyone for joining!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How did #followanarchive work out?

Start of #followanarchive day in Australia
Every one who joined #followanarchive day share the opinion: November 12, 2010 was a great day for archives and people who loves archives and their collections!
The 'GO FOR IT' was given on November 12 Australian time, when the rest of the world still struggeled with November 11 ;-) The #followanarchive list of Oceania showed 11 Australian archives. It was a smashing start of #followanarchive day! Archives found each other, tweeps and archives found each other, talked to one another and got into contact.
Twittering archives and tweeps showed great appreciation about the participation of the Australian National Archives who were very happy with their followers on their first day on twitter:
Thanks to everyone for your support on our first day! You've made us this happy... #followanarchive

Bradley Headland, working at the National Archives of Australia, was very enthousiastic and we asked him to write a blogpost for the #followanarchive blog about his experiences and thoughts about #followanarchive day. And he did! Look here and read how he got the CAARA delegates on twitter on November 12! Bradley tweeted:
The records we hold tell the story of who we are, where we came from and how we got here.

#followanarchive day in the Middle-East, Africa and Europe
In the mean time November 12 had started in the Middle-East, Africa and Europe. We couldn't find any twittering archives in Asia.
It was fabulous to see how the archives did their utmost best to recommend their collections. In The Netherlands, the UK and the Nordic countries there were a lot of participating archives. Archivists in countries with only a few archives on twitter or none at all, were also joining. Archives, archivists and followers recommended many archives to there followers and told them the reasons why they should follow archives.
In Spain we couldn't find any archives on twitter. How much joy we all had when Paco Fernández Cuesta, Historian and Technical Assistant in the Archives of the Royal Chancery of Valladolid, came up with two Spanish archives! Sierra Pambley and the Municipal Archives Arganda del Rey in Madrid.
We challenged French archives to act:
French #archivists! @pacofernandez came up with two twittering Spanish archives. Can you do the same for France? #followanarchive

And... a French archive got on twitter! Thanks to the efforts of Pauline Moirez Project Manager Internet / Multimedia at th Archives of France, The National Archives of France came on twitter and joined #followanarchive day. They ended up with 50 followers on their first day on twitter! They tweeted:
Les Archives françaises arrivent sur Twitter ! Bon Follow an Archive Day à tous ! #followanarchive

In Africa especially the SABC Radio Archives were very active on November 12! They followed al lot of archives and archivists over the world and were very pleased with #followanarchive day, as all participating archives were ;-)

#followanarchive day in the America's
In the mean time the America's (South America and North America (we couldn't find a twittering archive in Central America) had joined #followanarchive day. With only two participating archives in Latin America, there came a lot of tweets from Brazil.
Many archivists and tweeps who are fond of archives were on twitter that day.
PickeringChatto in the UK tweetet:
Amazed at the number of archives/archivists on Twitter - they’re taking over! etc etc.

And North America also did great things on #followanarchive day! Archives showed photographs of there oldest document, there most special map, their funniest photograph or cartoon, etc.

Archivists are so cool!
Some tweetqoutes:
A follower tweeted:
I didn't know archives had so much to offer!

@dykeaquarterly tweeted:
@followanarchive thanks. You inspired me to start an archive twitter, rather than using the one for my business.

A follower tweeted:
I love how the event put me in touch with archivists world wide in compact time. And broadened the awareness of archives!

Funny jokes about archives also appeared. @mandahill tweeted:
My favourite #archives joke for #followanarchive day: Where did Noah keep his bees? In the ark-hives!

@AFSCMEArchivist tweeted:
thanks for the follow. Archivists are so cool.

Archives rock!
It was a phenomenal, fabulous #followanarchive day! We've enjoyed every second of it!
Thanks to all archives, archivists an followers who made this day one of the most splendid day in archives history!
One of the tweeps shouted: 'ARCHIVES ROCK!' This tweet was retweeted many times. And we agree: 'Archives rock'!
We will add some statistics on this blog too and of course the outcome of the survey many of you filled in, thanks!
Also thanks every one who wrote (or is going to write) a blogpost or webs article about #followanarchive day. Much appreciated!

Charlotte, Bente, Poulus & Anneke

#askanarchivist day or #askarchivists day 2011
Together with several other people we are thinking of the possibility of organizing an #askanarchivist day or #askarchivists day. We think about June 9, when it is International Archives Day. How do you think about this proposition?


Posted by Anneke

Friday, November 12, 2010

Followanarchive Survey

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Make your own followanarchive promotion video

Challange: make your own follow an archive promotion video.

Put it on YouTube and share it with us/ the world.

Use your Flip, you smarthphone, handycam. Use VuVox, JayCut or Go!Animate. Use your inspiration. Be creative.

Let the world know: November 12th is Follow a Archive day on Twitter

Dare too Share

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Follow an Archive poster. Print it. Hang it. Share it.

We have made a poster.
You can use it to promote your archive on twitter and
to promote #followanarchive day.

Fill in your twittername
Hang it.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Follow an Archive banner

We've made a banner to promote #followanarchive day. Feel free to copy the banner. You can use it on your blog / website.

Follow an Archive movie made by @charlotteshj

Follow an Archive movie made by @Archief_Eemland

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Get READY for #followanarchive

 Charlotte made a ppt for archives planning to join #followanarchive.

Followanarchive - Presentation Transcript

  • Get READY for #followanarchive it´s EASY!

  • Go to and create your account. Just press ”Sign Up”. It´s free.

  • Do what the screen says! But make sure, that you choose a good, recognizable username. Obvious and safe choice = name of the archive You can´t have spaces and unusual charachters in the name. Only one twitter-account pr. e-mail is allowed.

  • Nothing wrong here! But you have to be human in order to get a twitter-account. Just type the captcha-words you see - and you´re fine!

  • Find interesting accounts to follow and find friends. You can also skip this and do it later!

  • Yay! Your archive now has a twitter-account! Let´s customize it! - press ”Profile”

  • Choose a good, characteristic and recognizable picture. It´s a good idea to use the same picture on all social networks. Fill out the forms – and press ”Save” if you like it. Let´s look at the design, press ”Settings” and ”Design” ....

  • Try out some of the possibilities - or make your own background. Tip: Use a picture in 1920 x 1200 pixels. Use logo, special colors, letters etc. that you also use elsewhere

  • OK – your page is finished! Time to start tweeting – what do all the weird signs mean?

  • Twictonary Tweet = a twittermessage Follower = someone following your account RT = reetweet, forwarding another persons tweet @ = reply to or mention another twitter-user # = hashtag makes it easier to follow a subject (like #followanarchive) List = collection or group of accounts that you and others can follow DM = direct message, only visible to sender and receiver you have to follow each other to send DM´s .

  • Example RT @My_archives: we are also part of #followanarchive This is a retweet This is the account, that originally sent the tweet This is the original tweet by the account My_archives When using the #followanarchive the tweet becomes visible to all who follows tweets with this tag. They will see it even if they don´t follow your account

  • Tips Don´t spam about visiting, products you sell, etc. Be present and answer when someone @´s you Give credit using @ when you retweet Patricipate in activities such as #ff, #museummonday, or make your own! It´s OK to listen more than you tweet Follow your followers Make it easy for others to share your content (use a sharebutton) Try out different tools

  • Tools & will feed your RSS to Twitter , & are tools, which will help you manage the streams (# and accounts you follow). They make tweeting much easier and more organised. Download and try them out to find the one that suits you. Is a Twitter-buffer, that scedules your tweets. & assist you in sharing photos etc. on Twitter.

  • HAPPY TWEETING on #followanarchive, Nov. 12 th. 2010

  • Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Film about #followanarchive

    Wilma van den Brink made for her weblog Je Bibliotheek a vlog about the twitter action #followanarchive day, that will take place on November 12th, 2010. Wilma is one of the organizers of the world wide action #followalibrary day on twitter, October 1st 2010. Both teams of Follow An Archive and Follow A Library are working together to make October 1st and November 12th great days for libraries and archives!
    Here's the film about #followanarchive Wilma made:

    Monday, April 26, 2010

    Date set for followanarchive day: 2010 November 12

    YES! We have a DATE for a worldwide #followanarchive day: 2010 November 12. Follow #archives on twitter on 10-11-12!