‘Digital time travel! Best thing on Twitter!’ People praise 'highly addictive' #1917LIVE revolution
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.
The “as it happened” style messages have been winning praise from history enthusiasts all over the world.
Several people pointed out that lessons for the current day can be gleaned from the historical retelling.
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.
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.
Recent updates show how news of the revolution was greeted in newspapers in Europe and America.
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.