If you are, or have been a collector of things, then you will definitely be aware of the impact your treasured items have on your life, your living space, your wallet and your relationships!
Our recent social media project marking this year’s Remembrance Day – 11/11/11, was an attempt at reimagining reality. Four Londoners living in 1943 tweeted about their daily life, ‘real time’.
The idea of the project first came to us when we were discussing the lives of our grandparents. One of our grandparents had been through 20 schools as an evacuee. Every ordinary person during WWII lived such extraordinary lives. But it is so hard for us imagine it, because our own lives are so dramatically different.
Today we document every moment of our lives through our social networks. All our tweets combined create a digital diary of our lives. We wondered, what if they had the same power of communication as we do today? What if they could share their everyday lives moment-by-moment? What would they be saying? What was their breakfast conversation? What did they think lying in bed? It’s these details when pieced together give a vivid picture of their lives and help us understand what it would be like to walk in their shoes.
We feel…if we can show history from a person’s point of view as he experienced it, it helps people connect with it more deeply. These days we hardly have any opportunity to hear these stories first hand, we wanted to make sure the stories never go untold.
I ploughed through the weird and wonderful collection of friends, creatives and stalkers that make up my profile. Hmmm. Sadly there are more @adolfhitlers on twitter than my followers’ followers. Not quite a match for @stephenfry ‘s army.