Twitter Resource Sharing Guidelines

  • Create an account on Twitter
  • Find a Public History resource to share. You will create a series of 3-5 tweets about this resource.
  • Your first tweet should include:
    1. A brief summary of the link or a catchy intro to it (not just "this is interesting...")
    2. The link to the resource
    3. The author's name (use their twitter handle when possible)
    4. The hashtag #phStMU
    5. Number it as your first tweet: "/1".
  • For each subsequent tweet:
    1. Click reply button on the top tweet.
    2. Label each tweet with its number /2, /3, /4, etc.
  • There IS NO REVISE button. Proofread each tweet before you send.
  • Due by 6PM each week before class.
  • Audience: Your peers and the public

Best Practices / How to get the most out of these assignments

  • I encourage you to start conversations with others, share each others tweets, comment on each other’s tweets, etc. This is how we build community and contacts on twitter.
  • By tagging the author or other significant people, it can help you begin to connect with folks on twitter.
  • You might also consider using tags like #twitterstorians to help you boost your tweets. There are also museum professional hashtags, etc.
  • Follow your classmates, and seek out other interesting historians, public historians, and other folks to follow and interact with.


  • To gain skills in using social media for scholarly and/or professional purposes, to cultivate a digital presence, and to practice networking with professionals in the field.
  • To help you concisely communicate about public history resources: summarizing, analyzing, assessing, and connecting.
  • To help you to gather sources that may be useful in writing your blog posts and developing your projects, while also curating a collection of sources for your peers.
  • To stay connected to current topics and issues in the field of public history.
  • Grading

    Twitter primary source assignments will receive feedback each week, and be assessed on the following scale.
    Exceeds Expectations Meets Expectations Needs Improvement
    Writing / Content / Ideas Your post meets the guidelines for this assignment, and adds significant value via your commentary. Your post demonstrates nuance, complexity, and a deep comprehension of this source and how it fits in the field of public history. Your post meets the guidelines for this assignment, and demonstrates you've read and understood the resource you've shared. Your post adds content and commentary to this resource beyond the content of the resource itself. Your post doesn't quite follow the assignment guidelines, and/or it shows lack of attention to complexity, contradictions, and nuance. Your post is too general and is not explaining the resource's importance or relevance.
    Professionalism Your post is clear, concise, and well-written, beyond the minimum expectations. Your post follows basic rules for clear writing. It is proofread, and is well-written in an appropriately professional tone. Your post met all requirements. Your post would be stronger if you invested more time in proofreading and revisions. Your post may not have met all of the requirements.


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