I'll have lots to say about the power of Twitter hashtags in upcoming posts, and I just wanted to quickly share a great example that happened to me today, March 31, 2018. Today is the holiday of Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of the monkey-god Hanuman, and so the Twitter hashtag #HanumanJayanti is helping me today to find great materials to share with my Indian Epics class via my OnlineMythIndia Twitter stream; Hanuman is a main character in the Ramayana, which is one of the epics that we read.
So, as I was going through the items in the hashtag stream, I found this beautiful tweet:
I was curious about the account, ArtAware, so I clicked to learn more: "Your Daily Art Fix brought to you by an art collector and an author/screenwriter. Trip out on the colours of contemporary Indian Art!" That sounds exactly like the kind of Twitter account I like to follow in order to find artwork to share with my classes, and sure enough, when I clicked to go look at more from ArtAware, I found so many lovely items to share... and I am sure I will find many more in the future now that I am following this account! For example, look at this gorgeous porcelain of Damayanti and the hamsa:
That's the kind of serendipity that makes Twitter hashtags so powerful: it allowed me to connect to another Twitter user who shares my interests, and my students are going to benefit from the wonderful new art that I learn about by following ArtAware. And, if you want, it can all show up in Canvas... in fact, that will be a topic for my next post. I'll create a list of Twitter accounts that share a lot of Indian art, and write up a step-by-step for how to embed that list in Canvas. So, until next time, tweet on, people!