First and foremost, a massive thank you to everyone who took part in #MuseumSelfie. ALL credit and an incredible heart-felt thank you to all the social media managers (or related title) that encouraged and inspired their visitors to take part. Without you, the hashtag would not have been successful.
I’d like to thank each and everyone person who had fun and got involved with #MuseumSelfie day 2015. The number one question I get is why do I do it? The response: because majority of the public globally enjoy it. Going from the stats ran by Sree Sreenivasan and Kulturkonsorten there was A LOT of people/museums taking part.
The coverage and messages received have been overwhelming positive with a dash of negativity (see HyperAllergic who labels me ‘the official ringleader of this vast criminal enterprise’ that is #MuseumSelfie). CNN coverage was lovely as they actually took the time to call and interview me.
Although some say that social media is ‘old technology’ it still works to reach communities and visitors. I find it interesting that although social media has been around for years, many forget that new people sign up every day and we need to ensure that we provide platforms for them to join in and experience the fun. These hashtags gives museums excuses to sway a tad outside their policy of 2 tweets a day and majority have said the response is overwhelmingly positive as far as numbers going up.
If someone said to me 2-3 years ago that the Director of Boston Museum of Fine Art would be taking a selfie of himself and sharing it on Twitter, I would have laughed. Did I hope things like this would happen? Of course – did I think it would, of course not. Goes to prove it never hurts to dream big.
I started my day posting this message:
#MuseumSelfie DayTags: #MuseumSelfieDay, hashtag, museums, MuseumSelfie, stats, trending
a) yes it’s a thing.
b) it helps get non-traditional visitors to museums
c) It’s a bit of fun – who cares that it’s not a ‘true’ selfie. Are they smiling & enjoying it? Good.
d) This will not solve any problems, stop analysing it.
e) Just enjoy it or mute it but don’t complain, it’s one day.
f) The tag is #MuseumSelfie but if you use #MuseumSelfieDay or make up your own, it’s all good. No one will scorn you.
g) Just get involved. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve been asked a few times about the history of Ask A Curator day. I’ve also been asked about numbers because cultural people are OBSESSED with numbers. Here is a bit of fun stats such as breakdown of countries, history of AskaCurator Day and answers to questions I get (a lot).
The following information is shared with permission from the fabulous La Magnética who have been tracking stats for #MuseumWeek. Please note: These are for Monday-Wednesday ONLY.
The graph has grown huge, so to get to an image than one can read we have to trim a lot of edges and nodes (otherwise we would have 57.000 nodes, and names and dots will overlay all over the graph). That means that only the most active profiles are included in the graph and there is less change from one day to the next than in the whole graph, but the whole graph is impossible to draw.Tags: #museumweek, stats, twitter