**Note: all tweets are still linked to the We the Humanities Twitter account, so the names and pictures will change each week as the account curation rotates to a new user**

Day 2 was all about social media and community outreach.  How do museums reach past their four walls?  Do museums care more for the global visitor or their local community?  What goes into a museum tweet, and does an online presence equal more in-person visitors?  #Followamuseum Day, #MuseumSelfies, @AskaCurator – we’ve all seen the campaigns, but what’s behind them?  Social media can be a great way to engage, but who does the We the Humanities crowd follow?  There’s plenty more involved in social media and community outreach, so let’s get recapping!

So many great suggestions came from this.  The Australian Museum was an early highlight, and they joined us in the discussion too!

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University was also brought forward as they run a rotating curation account (like We the Humanities), and it turns out the curator this day/week was a former UVic grad like me!

Suggestions also came in for the National History Museum, the Chateau de Versailles, British MuseumNational Museum of Australia, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Metropolitan Museum of ArtPOLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Birmingham MuseumsMuseo Histórico Nacional (Chile), the Nicholson Museum, Museum of English Rural Life, and Museum Victoria which was a great example of how museum organizations can also engage with their audience (and their museums’ audiences) through social media.  Museum Victoria is Australia’s largest museum organization and runs several state-level museum venues.  Personally, I like the fact they feature the names of who tweets for them.  That adds a personal level that I find better than just an institutional account.

The suggestion of “@morethanadodo,” the Oxford University Museum of Natural History’s twitter account, sparked a great discussion of tweeting museum objects, what we’d like to see tweet.  Some of these included:

(There had to be a Goldblum reference, you knew it was coming…)

And one from my neck of the woods…

When thinking of objects and characters from museums that aren’t tweeting yet but would make good handles for the future…

Museum bots also became part of the conversation – those accounts that highlight certain artefacts a few times per day.  Museum bots can be people too.

To cap off the day, the We the Humanities account hit a major milestone!  Happy 2,000th follower!

Day 2 at We the Humanities was a lot of fun, and to end the day with such great news was a bonus.  Such great news, in fact, that Day 3 would begin with prizes!  Thanks to all who took part!