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!
A follower tweeted:
I didn't know archives had so much to offer!
@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!
thanks for the follow. Archivists are so cool.
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?
ARCHIVISTS ARE SO COOL!
Posted by Anneke