In this April 10, 1912 photo, the Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden voyage to New York City.
On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic's maiden voyage took a disastrous turn. Right now, as the 100-year anniversary of the tragic event approaches, preparation for the journey is being recreated on Twitter.
The Next Web's Paul Sawers reports that U.K. publisher History Press set up the @TitanicRealTime Twitter account in order to commemorate the centennial of the fateful night. In the month leading up to it, the @TitanicRealTime account is publishing "real-time" tweets from individuals who were involved in the events.
As it turns out, this is a handy way to teach smallish lessons in history. The nature of the narration means that facts are uncovered — from the design of the ship to the nastiness of the iceberg — as they were originally experienced. One anticipates that the gentle pacing of the pre-launch days will turn into a more frantic, terrifying situation when the hull breach finally occurs.
Each tweet will begin with a hashtag indicating the role of the fictional individual writing the particular missive:
#officer With 2 rowing machines, weightlifting machine, back massager and a punch ball, the gymnasium is very well equipped.11 Mar 12
#crew The capacity of the lifeboats is somewhat of a concern, only 1,178. If anything were to happen there won’t be enough space…12 Mar 12
@TitanicRealTime isn't the first Twitter account of this type, of course. @RealTimeWWII has been "live-tweeting" the Second World War since August 2011, and will continue to do so until 2017, assuming its owner can keep it up.
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