Sunday 10th May 2009
Ever one to keep up with the latest technologies, Samuel Pepys has now started twittering regularly. He’ll be updating around three times a day, so feel free to follow him if you want to keep up with what he’s doing before he gets round to writing his diary at night.
When thinking of putting Pepys on Twitter my first thought was simply to post a quote once a day, with a link to that day’s diary entry. But while compiling the quotes for upcoming days I realised that to be more in keeping with Twitter the account should update in real time.
So, technology willing, the samuelpepys account should update regularly with quotes from that day’s diary entry as if Sam’s sending them as the events happen. Of course, I’ve guessed at the time of day each event happens, but they should make sense.
The only oddity (well, aside from a 17th century Londoner using Twitter) is the days of the week not being in sync with our own — so while the time of day will be the same as ours (for those in the UK) Pepys will, for example, go to church on our Wednesdays.
I’m aware that posting the day’s events during the course of the day could seem like spoilers for that night’s diary. The simple answer is to not follow the Twitter feed; the events won’t appear on PepysDiary.com so there won’t be any spoilers on this site.
I hope the upside is that many people will now be able to keep up with Pepys’ life, even if in a minimal fashion, who wouldn’t usually read the diary at all.
Many thanks to Phil Gregory for donating the samuelpepys Twitter account for this purpose.