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Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Titanic On Twitter"

On Friday, April 15, 2012, it will be 100 years since the infamous sinking of RMS Titanic. To commemorate this anniversary, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will use Twitter to broadcast the vessel's original wireless transmissions.

Ten years prior to Titanic's sinking, 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, Twitter or Facebook, wireless transmissions bridged distances between people and made it possible to share information across the world. When disaster struck the Titanic, those wireless messages were crucial in saving lives and informing others about the death of the largest and grandest ocean liner of the time.

This year, on April 15, the real-time messages will start Twittercasting at 11:55 pm Newfoundland Standard Time (due to the ship's geographic location at the time of sinking). Follow the hash tag #TitanicMMA to experience the very same wireless messages operators received in 1912.

-Jon

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