Tweeting World War II in Real Time, 72 Years Later

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Since August 31, the anniversary of Germany's invasion into Poland, Alwyn Collinson has been tweeting the events of World War II as if they were in real time, 72 years later. Under the handle @RealTimeWWII, Collinson sends up to 40 tweets a day chronicling the war, using eyewitness accounts, photographs and video. His Twitter page now has more than 118,000 followers and his tweets are translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. Collinson talks about how he embarked on the six-year project.

Guests:

Alwyn Collinson

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]

Angel from Miami, FL

This is such a novel idea. Twitter is the modern version of a Ticker Tape machine. Delivering the news of an old war through a new streaming media as though it were happening while we go through our daily lives is so cyberpunk! That's a lot of work. Kudos to Mr. Collinson.

Nov. 17 2011 09:39 AM

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