Launched in 2011 and continued in 2012, the Titanic on Twitter project was created to commemorate the 99th and 100th anniversaries of the sinking of RMS Titanic.
Developed with staff at Halifax’s Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and inspired by the actual wireless messages that were sent and received by the vessel as the disaster unfolded, the project uses Twitter to broadcast a real time account of the sinking; letting followers of #TitanicMMA experience the magnitude of the tragedy just as wireless operators would have on April 14 and 15, 1912.
Ten years prior to the Titanic’s launch, the first wireless transmission to cross the Atlantic from North America was sent from the Marconi station in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Much like the short messages we send today via text, instant messaging and Twitter, wireless transmissions bridged distances between people and made it possible to share messages across the world.
As the largest and grandest ocean liner of her time, Titanic was equipped with the most modern wireless technology available. That technology proved invaluable in saving many passengers and provided the world with immediate news of the stunning loss.
Inspired by the wireless log from Cape Race, Newfoundland and Labrador, that is part of the Maritime Museum’s permanent Titanic exhibit, the Twitter project is meant provide followers with a tangible link to a significant event from the past. It allows the public to not only develop a sense of connection to those aboard the vessel, but also, to the wireless operators who were tasked with sharing Titanic’s grim fate.
"Thanks @ns_museum for the respectful tribute and recounting of 4/14-15 1912. #TitanicMMA"
"A huge thank you to #TitanicMMA for showing the raw emotion and chaos of that night! I had goosebumps! RIP Titanic!"
"Thoroughly caught up in the weekend tweets. Best use of Twitter ever. Thank you."