Putting Things in Order

Yesterday, I shared a quick and simple way to read the tweets from the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic‘s Twitter event when they tweeted out the conversations with the Titanic from its first calls for assistance until there were no more calls.  Even though they used the hashtag #ns_mma, following it could be frustrating because of the "noise" of others that were also using the same hashtag.

It was a relatively simple solution and you get to read the tweets as they happened, only in reverse order.  My goal was just to get the job done, and get it done easily.

Now, if you know about Twitter and what goes into a message (read "What’s in a Tweet"), you know that each individual message is an entity unto itself.  As such, you can go through and pull out each individual message and manipulate it.  It requires some reading and understanding about how messages are labelled and goes beyond the scope of this post.

So, having established that, one of the problems with the messages from the Maritime Museum is that they are in reverse order.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could spin them around?  In fact, with a little (lot) of dragging and dropping, it can be done using the Storify web service.

Storify lets you create stories based upon social media.  You have access to YouTube, Flickr, Facebook, RSS, other Storify sources, and of course, Twitter.  So, I decided to give it a shot with the tweets that were part of this project.

Just like from before, I performed the search #ns_mma from:ns_museum to give me the hashtag messages without the noise.

The results are return in a similar fashion.  Completely in reverse order.  Only this time, if you look to the left of each message, there is a ribbed area.  From this area, you can pick a tweet and drag it to the timeline on the right.

To make sure that it’s in the desired chronological order, it’s just a matter of navigating to the bottom of the list of tweets on the left and drag them to the timeline on the right.

Quite frankly, that did take a while but I wanted to do this enormous job from the museum justice.  The final step is, of course, proofreading and then you publish it for the world to see.

You can see the results of my efforts at:  http://storify.com/dougpete/titanic-tweet-event.  You’ve got your standard sharing options from the finished products.  What a great way to pull together media from your various social media sources to publish a story.

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