I published my digital essay on Storify on Sunday afternoon and publicised the fact on Twitter and through the subject forums. By Monday night Storify showed that it had had around 50 views. Like me, I imagined most of the other INF530 students were eagerly reading the work of their fellow students as it became available.
On Tuesday morning I found this tweet notification
— Robin Good Italia (@RobinGood_IT) June 2, 2014
Wow, Robin Good is like the content curation guru! Somehow he’d come across my essay and posted it onto his Scoop.it page along with a critique. He gave it 7/10 which I’ll take! I flicked to the essay and found it had been viewed more than 500 times.
More tweets followed:
— Xarxa IP (@XarxaIP) June 3, 2014
Bec was prompted to send this tweet:
By this stage the number of views of my essay was approaching 2000. But still the tweets came:
Right now there have been 3455 views in about three days. That’s nearly as many views as my personal blog has had in three and a half years.
I sure hope it is favourably assessed when the time comes. I’d hate to think all those people were reading academically inferior work.
Viral. Who’d a thunk it!