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New from Digital Collections: Learn how to collect Twitter data by Miranda Barrie

By Su Kim Chung on December 3, 2018 3:07 PM | Permalink

Why We Archive: Preserving the stories of a community coming together By Miranda Barrie

You can access the first tutorial in the 1 October Twitter Collection series here.

On October 2, 2017 I woke up in Santiago, Chile to a notification that there had been a shooting in my hometown of Las Vegas. I opened the Twitter application and began scrolling through my timeline, looking for mentions of the size and scale of the shooting. I started to see the numbers of injured persons rise as I repeatedly swiped down to refresh the site. I had no idea where my family members were, and no one was picking up the phone. Feeling panicked, I began doing the only thing I felt I could do at the time: amplifying the needs of the community by retweeting calls for blood donations from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.