‘Digital time travel! Best thing on Twitter!’ People praise 'highly addictive' #1917LIVE revolution
The dramatic Twitter re-enactment of the Russian revolution of 1917 is garnering huge attention online, as it recounts the daily events that changed the course of world history 100 years later.
RT’s #1917LIVE Twitter project is retelling the fateful events of 1917 Russia through Twitter with special profiles for Tsar Nicholas II, Vladimir Lenin, Empress Alexandra and many others including everyday Russians who were caught up in the tide of history that swept their country.
Thank you for the time travel #1917Live. The war to end all wars was fought 100 years ago and #1917Live brought it to life, a fantastic job.— Mr. Sabas (@sabasisaias) February 3, 2017
Whoever is live tweeting the 1917 Russian revolution deserves a medal. True art, so rare on twitter these days. Bravo! https://t.co/grLsWTJZDX— Noah Raford (@nraford) March 10, 2017
Tweeting the Russian Revolution #1917LIVE gives a nod to present & Trump tweets by noting that strike leaders are "FIRED!"in all caps "Sad!" https://t.co/gNgIVvfNqw— Theresa Fallon (@TheresaAFallon) March 8, 2017
The “as it happened” style messages have been winning praise from history enthusiasts all over the world.
This is an intriguing project https://t.co/q27JFhmkf0— Adam Taylor (@mradamtaylor) March 7, 2017
Some superb and illuminating content on centenary of Russian Revolution. Follow #1917LIVEhttps://t.co/nPD7AdxJEt— NHSG History (@NHSGhistory) March 11, 2017
Several people pointed out that lessons for the current day can be gleaned from the historical retelling.
The #1917LIVE jam on the Russian revolution serves to remind one how quickly events can overtake what everybody thinks is possible. https://t.co/gUw3zZH7tW— Joseph Knowles (@JooseppiKnowles) January 30, 2017
The project has already recounted several key developments as the course of Russian history changed dramatically in early 1917. It has seen a series of expanding strikes and protests as well as street clashes between demonstrators and soldiers that saw dozens of people killed.
The @RT_com#1917LIVE event is becoming the gold standard for combining history and social media— var = DCotton 💫 (@andywalpole) March 12, 2017
@RT_1917 can't recommend following this page and its players enough. Truly engaging real time Russian revolution 100 years later.— Thilo Young RV (@ThiloYoung) March 9, 2017
On March 15, Nicholas II was forced to abdicate in favor of his brother, who in turn refused the crown; signaling the end of 300 years of Romanov rule in Russia.
I have officially abdicated the throne. #GodSaveRussia. #1917LIVEpic.twitter.com/ipdYLmGUh3— Nicholas Romanov (@NicholasII_1917) March 15, 2017
.@RT_1917 is doing a great job on the centenary: so many fascinating sources! https://t.co/tp2q0HtlWM— Cotham History Dept (@Cotham_History) March 8, 2017
La Revolución Rusa, en tuits.— Carlos Franganillo (@cfranganillo) March 13, 2017
Increíble trabajo en la cuenta @RT_1917 / via @jmoraleshdezhttps://t.co/FY3Bu7dNBG
Recent updates show how news of the revolution was greeted in newspapers in Europe and America.
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Russia Today has a really interesting twitter feed reliving each day of the 1917 revolution. You can get the larger feed here: @RT_1917— Kombiz Lavasany (@kombiz) March 8, 2017
Yes, an RT account, but @RT_1917 is doing some pretty cool stuff live tweeting the 1917 revolution in real time.— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) March 6, 2017
The project has been described as “incredibly addictive”, “truly engaging” and “the best thing on Twitter”.
Anyone is free to get involved in the project by creating a historic Twitter profile and tweeting #1917CROWD. All the relevant figures can be found on this list.