Excellent piece on the need to archive (important) content published on Twitter.


We’ve written before about the way political leaders use Twitter, and about Groundviews, the award-winning citizen journalism blog in Sri Lanka. Last week, UK Foreign Minister Alistair Burt held a live Twitter Q&A on Sri Lanka, in which Groundviews was one of the most engaged participants. After the event, Groundviews released a summary of the Q&A, including an archive of all the tweets using the #askFCO hashtag, a visualisation of the dialogue, and a simple list of replies by the Minister.

This kind of data capture is important in order to learn from the Q&A, which is otherwise of limited use to participants beyond giving them the chance to air their concerns directly to an influential person. Ordinarily, once a Twitter Q&A has taken place, both the content and the shape of the conversation is quickly lost.

Groundviews used a process created by Martin Hawksey

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