The latest tool in
’s social media toolbox is Tumblr, a microblogging platform that allows users to share photos, videos, quotes, links, text, and audio files with the Tumblr community. The National Archives currently maintains five different “tumblelogs”: NARA
- AOTUS: Photos, documents, quotes, and current events from the Archivist of the United States David Ferriero. http://aotus.tumblr.com/
- Today’s Document: Daily featured documents from the holdings of the National Archives. http://todaysdocument.tumblr.com/
- Our Presidents: Behind-the-scenes history from the Presidential Libraries & Museums. http://ourpresidents.tumblr.com/
- Exhibits: Images and stories of the current exhibitions at the National Archives. http://usnatarchivesexhibits.tumblr.com/
- I Found it in the National Archives: Submissions from researchers explaining meaningful discoveries and experiences at the National Archives. http://usnatarchivesfoundit.tumblr.com/
The content within tumblelogs is meant to be brief and to the point. It is a great platform for sharing visually appealing content, such as documents and photos, from our holdings. With a large community already on Tumblr, users can easily share and re-post content to followers and watch the message spread! Staff members at Tumblr have created the “Spotlight,” a dedicated page within Tumblr that features some of the most interesting tumblelogs in a variety of categories. Tumblelogs featured in the Spotlight are chosen by Tumblr staff members as a way to draw attention to the most creative and innovative content. Searching through the Spotlight is a great way for users to find new tumblelogs to follow. Currently, AOTUS, Today’s Document, and Our Presidents have been featured in the Spotlight!
Editor’s Note: We learned of this from the Autumn 2011 edition of the National Archives Researcher News. Previous issues are at this site:
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