Ever so belatedly, I attempted to Storify tweets from the September ASALH panel with Treva Lindsey (@divafeminist), Tanisha Ford (@SoulistaPHD), and Regina Bradley (@redclayscholar). I didn’t have much luck. Even when I tried searching the panel hashtag (#FierceFour), Storify could only capture tweets as old as a month.
Luckily, I did find most of the backtweets using Topsy. Topsy’s a great service, and let me filter by month/day, but there was no way to export or collect the tweets for long-term sharing. There was an option to subscribe to the search via RSS but I couldn’t control for time and the feed was flooded with distracting, unrelated tweets.
After grumbling a bit, I did a workaround. Using the Evernote web clipper, I clipped each tweet into an Evernote notebook. This was more time-intensive but it didn’t take as long as I thought. I then “shared” the notebook, turning it into a public notebook with a public URL that anyone can view.
Clip, click, and–Ta Da!–the tweets from the #FierceFour panel at #ASALH 2012 for your viewing pleasure are here.
Storify really does have the process down pat but I’m not disappointed by the hack. For the most part, I clipped the tweets in chronological order, but any mistakes I made can be easily corrected by changing the date/time of the note in the original Evernote notebook. One fun thing about having the stream in an Evernote notebook as opposed to Storify is being able to change the view to descend or ascend by newest note/tweet, oldest, or the title/tweeter. For me, another perk is having the tweets in my personal archive (i.e. hard drive) for posterity. And, again, it wasn’t nearly as labor intensive as I thought it would be.
For comparison’s sake, here is the #ASALH 2012 Storify I created controlling for the hashtag: #ASALH.
Besides being a reason not to procrastinate, this experience reminded me of a great conversation I had with Chris Long (Penn State) about ways social media’s interplay with the humanities may make it a more distinct subset of the digital humanities than we currently acknowledge. More to come.
Enjoy the tweets! I don’t think I’m out of line when I stress that the conversation on black women’s cultural production and political agency needs to continue. Share your thoughts on Twitter (@jmjohnsophd).
And if you have other social media workarounds, especially for Twitter, I’d love to hear about them.