If you tweeted your way through Australia Day this weekend, your exploits could well have ended up in the National Museum of Australia, to be gazed at in wonder by future generations.
The museum teamed up with the National Australia Day Council and Twitter this year to create a “digital snapshot” of how Australians are celebrating their national day in 2014.
Anyone who tweeted images on Sunday using the Australia Day hashtag, #australiaday, may well have had their pictures shown in a live “instant exhibition”, curated by the museum in the main hall, as well as a live gallery on the museum and Australia Day websites.
Speaking before the event, assistant director of audience, programs and partnerships at the museum Helen Kon said Twitter would give the entire Australia day hashtag and its contents to the museum to be kept as a sort of digital “time capsule”, so that future generations will have the chance to see how people celebrated.
“We hope to repeat this collaboration in future years and to grow it,” she said.
“The National Museum is really the home of Australian stories and it is for so many people. If we have to describe what we are, and we often have to in a very basic way, we are the go to place that is about Australia and Australians, our past and our present…
“Obviously Australians are using digital technology to engage in what matters to them, and the museum is a natural repository of a lot of that.”