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Twitter Advent Calendar, Day 24: The Doctor, Plus

So, while I was searching for healthcare advent calendars, I used the word “doctor”. Do you know what you find when you search doctor advent? You find Doctor Who! Now this might just be an early Christmas stocking.

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

The Doctor Who Advent (Adventure) Calendar has been a tradition for years, but those of us in the USA might be less likely to know about it. It is truly fun, and makes me wish daily that some part of my computer lived in the UK so I could get full access.

Adventure Calendar: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/s4/features/adventurecalendar/
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

Doctor Who Adventure Calendar 2011: http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/dw/news/ac_2011a
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

The Doctor Who Advent Calendars don’t come JUST from the BBC, either, but from the fans as well.

Tardis Newsroom: http://tardisnewsroom.blogspot.com/2011/12/bbc-doctor-who-adventure-calendar-day_23.html

Totally Doctor Who Advent Calendar: http://totallydoctorwho.blogspot.com/2011/12/advent-calendar-day-7.html

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

Another UK surprise I found while searching for advent calendars on health was Sherlockology. Honest! I could not make this up. Look.

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

Twitter Advent Calendar, Day 23: Doctors, and Health, and Just “Oh My!”

I would be SORELY remiss if I didn’t include a post on health oriented advent calendars and countdowns. Here goes! I’m going to be moving quickly, since I’m dashing to many Christmas activities in real life.

(1) Advent Calendar of people to follow in Twitter who are big names in healthcare.

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

(2) The Alternative Miss Ireland Advent Calendar for HIV/AIDS

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

(3) Get Fit Naturally

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

(4) The Food Doctor Advent Competition

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

(5) A Hospital Advent Calendar Competition

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

(6) The National Film Board of Canada provided free access to a healthcare video (Asthma Tech)

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

(7) Teen health advice advent calendar from KIP Education

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

(8) BONUS: Not an Advent Calendar, but a 12-day countdown of sexual health information myths (Mythmas)

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 23: Doctors and Health and Oh My!

Twitter Advent Calendar, Day 21: Science and More Science

If I can do two posts today and two tomorrow, I can be caught up with this. Wish me luck! Here goes a whirlwind of science and pseudo-science advent calendars on Twitter.

(1) At-Bristol
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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 21, Science and More Science Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 21, Science & More Science

At-Bristol is a child-oriented science museum. They have another one of those easy idea, but they aren’t using it as well as they might. The easy idea is an advent calendar of neat science facts. The one shown here for Day 13 is that lightning is three times hotter than the surface of the sun. I had no idea, did you? They use the tag #advent, but they don’t include either a picture or give a link, meaning they are just trying to get you to come look at their Twitter stream, not expand beyond that to their other locations. Their main Twitter stream, which confusingly breaks their brand identity of At-Bristol by using @AtBristol, does show other activities, such as Santa’s Invention Workshop for making science ornaments, and provides a link to their homepage. Their homepage talks about Bringing Science to Life, which is another UK-based child-oriented science education resource, but which is not clearly identified as associated with the museum or distinct from it. Lots of good stuff, but a little confusing.

(2) Elements-Science
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Elements-Science has their own Twitter channel, but that isn’t how I found them, as you can tell from one image of a distinctly open-mouthed young man praising the Elements Advent Calendar, and a second tweet implying that they’ve studded the calendar with made up factoids. I had to check this out, of course.

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While I agree that highlighting a self-described “media-medic” on a site that wants to be taken seriously in science journalism is perhaps not ideal, I couldn’t actually find any falsehoods in the information provided. Not at all sure to what the tweeter was objecting. On the other hand, one of today’s highlighted articles is about precognition through dreams, so maybe Elements-Science is not as scientific as one might hope. This is a nice way of taking the science fact advent calendar concept to the next level, via the website, use of images, and such.

(3) Planet Science
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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 21, Science & More Science Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 21, Science & More Science

Planet Science uses their @PlanetScience Twitter account to link to their website, as well as the advent calendar. The interesting slant they’ve used is to frame the calls to the calendar as quiz questions on several days. You click through because the question is so intriguing you just HAVE to know the answer! I also found it clever that the design of the calendar centered around a snowman (typical) who is really a lightbulb (scientific!).

(4) Science Comedy Calendar
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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 21, Science & More Science Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 21, Science & More Science
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 21, Science & More Science Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 21, Science & More Science

I was initially comforted by @Blue_Wode’s posting of the Science Comedy Advent Calendar in part because they also got off schedule and had to catch up. I’m not alone, what a relief. :) I also like the idea of science comedy, being a fan of both Mythbusters and Beakman. But when I clicked, I found that @Blue_Wode manages an anti-quackery website, which should have been a clue. Personally, I often find that anti-quackery sites are so biased in the opposite direction that they can be trusted no more than the quackery sites. Jim Ottaviani has had for many years an email signature of the original Latin for “Who watches the watchers?”, which is a useful question to keep in mind when viewing any website but especially those that purport to guard the rest of us from ourselves.

Luckily the Science Digestive blog by @garwboy, despite appealing to the extremists, does include both genuine science and genuine humor. The links direct to a blog, with a sadly hideous interface stuffed with animated gifs (perhaps that is part of the humor?), but when you click through to the individual posts and cover up the images with your hand, the written content is wryly humorous.

(5) Cheltenham Festivals
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Cheltenham Festivals focuses on four topics: jazz, science, music, and literature. Don’t ask me why they distinguish between jazz and music. What interested me is that their advent calendar is also a Christmas competition on their blog, with the highlighted topics switching between these focus areas. So, while it includes significant amounts of science, it is not an entirely science-focused countdown calendar. It is unusual that they use audio almost exclusively in their competition trials, asking their audience to listen and identify the speaker or performer. It rather excludes people who are deaf, but perhaps all their events do the same.

Twitter Advent Calendar, Day 20: Wellcome

I am a couple days behind on these, and just can’t seem to catch up. Despite that, even with the huge grabbags I’ve been doing, I have enough content sorted and grouped for at least another week! I don’t know, I might have to extend Advent into the 12 days of Christmas just to catch up with all the goodies.

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For today, I’ve chosen one of my absolute favorites of all the Advent Calendars. You can tell, because I actually keep going there every day! It represents much of what I love most in the world — libraries, museums, history, science, healthcare, beauty, emerging technologies, trivia, arts and crafts, kids and … well, you’ll see what I mean shortly. This is just too, TOO good to mix up with anyone else’s delightful offerings. You may think I’m raving. Yes, I am. There is a reason.

The Wellcome Trust is one of those places I’ve never been to, but I can’t get enough of it anyway. If I did go, I suspect I’d never want to leave. That will have to go on my list for my next life. Their areas of special interest are pretty much the same as mine — biomedical science, technology transfer, international, public engagement, medical history and humanities, ethics and society. Now if you just added in educational technologies, disaster & crisis planning & response, crowdsourcing, and a couple other small points, I’d be completely unable to contain myself. See why I might just be a tad giddy over the work they do? And they’ve done an ADVENT CALENDAR. Can you even imagine? Oh, my.

The Wellcome Trust includes the Wellcome Library, one of the more luscious medical and science libraries in the world, with exemplary collections in the areas mentioned above. One of the major resources forthcoming from their amazing collections is Wellcome Images. Wellcome Images includes a truly massive database of images remarkable for its range, diversity, quality, historical and scientific value, and importance to research both in science as well as in the arts and humanities. Much of the content is available under a Creative Commons license, while there are charges for some images and some uses.

As if that isn’t enough, they also have galleries of selected images on specific topics, with current highlights including dirt, treasures, tattoos, high society, their 75th anniversary, and the images and results of their annual images contest.

And if that isn’t enough, they are doing this all over social media. Not just “come to our database and search”, but also via Twitter, and Flickr, and their blog. Oh, that’s right, I promised you an advent calendar.

What they are doing is simple and delightful, although I suspect it was a lot more work than it looks like. A LOT more. From their existing online collections, they have selected images that in some fashion connect to the stories or symbolism of the winter and Christmas holidays. These images are put in a blogposts with an educational and informative text full of stories and trivia and engaging witticisms. The blogpost is given a truly clever title that just begs you to click through and find out what the heck they are talking about, and this is tweeted with the link. Picture + Story + Promo. Here are a few of my favorite examples.

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TEXT: Health warning! Avoid mistletoe this Christmas. Find out why here. Alternative Advent joy. (Remember that other post I did on alternative advent? That was how I found the Wellcome stream.)

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TEXT: Tits, nuts, and liver cancer

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 20, Wellcome Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 20, Wellcome
TEXT: Something sickening

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TEXT: Feeling viral?

You may have noticed that virtually all the post titles are puns, with sly double entendres and subtle allusions to sex, dirt, and grade school humor, however each and every one of them turns out to be scientific and educational and utterly wholesome. They really have a brilliant crew working on this. I am hugely impressed. I wish I was half so clever.

I could hardly believe it when something in their advent calendar lead me to even more Wellcome holiday goodness. Remember I said arts and crafts? Here they come!

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Wellcome Images had retweeted something from Wellcome Trust about their “Tree of Life” project. For decorating the Christmas tree, they decided to make their own ornaments, an excellent idea. While many people decorate their trees with a mélange of ornaments made or gifted by family and loved ones, some folk go with a theme. Me, I have every year for decades collected animals for my tree — bears, snakes, mice, aardvarks, armadillos, flamingo, skunks, cardinals, and more. Wellcome had the idea of designing ornaments from plasticine on science themed concepts. Shown here is the swine flu ornament, but they also made a diatom, pollen grain, Weil’s disease, periodontal bacteria (with the label misspelled, but I’m also a dentistry librarian, so I knew what they meant). They gave away free packets of crafty supplies until they ran out, and offer a prize for the best ornament. How will they know what you did? Everyone is supposed to take a picture and put it in their Flickr group! I confess to being rather fond of the mitochondrian, the sundew leaf, and diffusion tensor imaging, petri dish ornaments, and the Christmas brain, but HBT was kind enough to allow embedding of his Neutrophil Undergoing Netosis, so that is the one I will show you.

Neutrophil NETOSIS!

Twitter Advent Calendar, Day 19: Education Games

I did a series of posts on gaming Advent Calendars, but I haven’t yet included those for teachers and educators and home schooling, which are both useful and entertaining! I didn’t capture screenshots of every tweet that lead me to these, but please believe me, I did not make this up, I found every single one via Twitter! Here is a half-dozen plus a bonus.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 19, Education Games
TEXT: Roselink: ESL Advent Calendar 2011 – Christmas Quizzes, Games and Activities

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An advent calendar for English as a Second Language includes tips and tricks and games for engaging learners in the language, often with inexpensive and easy resources. The example shown is on using Youtube music videos for language learning.

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TEXT: Little Wonders’ Days: Reindeer Games, Advent Day 8

Little Wonders’ Days focuse on preschool education with a variety of teaching, learning, engaging activities and games.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 19, Education Games
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 19, Education Games Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 19, Education Games

EducationCity is a UK-based commercial education resource providing learning resources and games that seem to be targeting the grade school age child. They have both UK and US oriented websites, however the Twitter stream appears to be managed by the UK team, as does their main blog. The US team hasn’t posted to their separate blog in months. If you go to the US site you are unable to locate the Advent Calendar, and really need to get to it through the EducationCity Twitter stream. Some of the free activities provided have potential, while others are primarily a sale price on their other services.

“Join us each week day until the 16th December and open a door to reveal a special treat; from festive fun makes, to cultural fact sheets; competitions to offers, we’re bound to delight with our advent countdown.”

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 19, Education Games

This is kind of a daisy chain of found items which I think spun off from the previous entry as one of the things to which they linked. I’m not sure about that, though. The blogpost here is just the beginning. At English Learning in Our World we see here the beginning of a series of posts on educational activities to use in a classroom. They are all pretty clever, and this first one is a real gem.

She was inspired by the Macmillan Education Advent Calendar shown below.

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The Macmillan calendar has each day giving ideas for educational activities themed around the holidays, such as this one brainstorming how reindeer might fly to foster creativity. Sharon then took the idea and made a Powerpoint template to make her own version of the Advent calendar to use with her students.

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 19, Education Games

Even better, she provides the Powerpoint template as a free download! Now that is quite generous. Check out some of her other ideas.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 19, Education Games
TEXT: StephanyKouJou: @coolcatteacher @edgalaxy @scribbled_au You might like my advent calendar and inform some parents about it. [link] Thanks!

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Stephany is a dyslexia trainer, and her remarkable advent calendar provides activities for working with students in this area, many of them quite creative. The example shown here, “Finish the Christmas tree,” is an exercise to build many needed skills – fine motor control, visual awareness, mirroring, the ability to reverse both simple and complex shapes, working with lines, and so forth. Impressive.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 19, Education Games Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 19, Education Games

I think all of the rest of these came from @CoolCatTeacher, so I am going to combine them in one section. @CoolCatTeacher used Visibli to share the links. The example shown here is from Michelle Green, who used Livebinder to organize her collection cloud-based interactive e-learning tools and resources.

BONUS:
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TES Free Teaching Resources: 12 Games of Christmas. Play the games either on the web of via a free iOS app.

Twitter Advent Calendar, Day 18: Comics!

Yesterday, at a meeting, I saw Dave of @DaveReadsComics and Yet Another Comics Blog. I warned him about my very meta-meta- Twitter Advent Calendar, and that a comic issue was coming up, in which he’d be included. Then I thought, since this was on my mind, I might as well just do it right away! The idea of these every increasingly long lists of Advent Calendars and such appearing in Twitter is to provide inspiration and show some of the range of things people are doing, from predictable to effective to truly extraordinary. Today’s collection is of Advent Calendars on the theme of cartoons and comics.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics!

This is from Abrams and Chronicle Books who are using Twitter to lead folk to their Facebook page, where they encourage people to compete in a contest to win free copies of books. According to Twitter, the Facebook page is their main online presence, which is confirmed by the Facebook page having links to several other websites for different branches of the company, but no other unified over-arching website to collect and direct appropriately across all of them. I found that surprising and worthy of further thought.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics!

Gibbo Comics is creating a comic strip throughout the Advent season which seems to be gearing up to culminate in some fantastically surprising end scene. I’m rather dreading it. It starts off broad, swerves through various cultural references, pokes fun and allusions at long-loved holiday characters, and drops broad hints that the dramatic climax may be rather dreadful. I know — the picture looks rather innocent. It isn’t. Gibbo is definitely using Twitter effectively, engaging in conversation, answering replies and comments, and generally being human. The Advent Calendar links in the Twitter posts point directly to the relevant pages, but the Twitter account points to the main website, where they also mention a blog.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics!

I found Comics Should Be Good first via other folk mentioning them, which is usually a good sign, showing they’ve done something worth mentioning. Always a hopeful sign! I love their incredibly short Twitter handle of only four letters, CSBG! The main power behind the account seems to be Brian Cronin, who evidently has WAY too much time on his hands! CSBG has so many different series going on in their blog right now that I was confused about which ones are for the Advent Calendar series. Even more delightfully confusing is the Advent Calendar itself. You know how a traditional Advent Calendar has one picture with many little doors to open, with a surprise behind each door. In the CSBG Advent Calendar, each day has a picture with the obligatory 24 doors on it. A different picture! Yikes! And you have to click on the right door for that picture, matching the door number and the day number in order to find the prize. The prize will be a picture from a classic famous comicbook cover, usually from one of their earlier blogposts in prior years. Clever marketing strategy. As if that isn’t enough, he also has a separate series going of the top 50 most memorable Marvel covers, AND several other blogposts EVERY day! I may be frightened. This is quite a lot.

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Twitter Advent Calendar, Day 18, Comics! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics!

Multiversity Comics is almost a relief. A Twitter account. A website/blog. An Advent calendar that is one picture with one door each day. Even better, they are ALSO doing a daily countdown for the Menorah Candles as well. They have an interesting and slightly confusing approach for both the Advent Calendar and the Menorah Candles. They have the same core image for the main picture. Each day a new part appears on the image. If you click on the images, you don’t get something neat, just a bigger version of the same image. So where is the new unique content that goes with that day for the Advent Calendar or Menorah? In the blogposts where the image is posted.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics!

This is interesting. Comic Book Critics is a Twitter account for the Comic Books Critics website that aggregates or collects posts from 16 different comic book blog, and sends tweets everytime any of they make a post. It seems to be a very active account, but is probably mostly content generated by the software rather than anyone who holds a conversation or replies or makes comments. All pretty passive. The Advent Calendar they are tweeting about is actually from one of the blogs they call a contributor — Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog. Chris is known for identifying comics that have weak points, and making the most of those. Chris’s Advent Calendar is a very simple and effective concept. He posts a Youtube video a day, of Christmas music, sort of. As you might expect, most of the videos are parodies or suggestive or in questionable taste or otherwise designed for humor, and fans of Dr. Demento. I bet you never expected to hear Dr. Demento mentioned in this blog. Just goes to show you never know. But remember that idea. A Youtube video a day on a theme is a very do-able concept, and you can select the videos all in advance, make a playlist, create the blogposts all in one day, and predate them to post automatically. One solid day of good work, and your blog series is all set and ready to go.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics! Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 18, Comics!

Last but far from least is Dave again, of @DaveReadsComics and Yet Another Comics Blog. Dave, also known locally as Superman, mentioned that he has been doing this for YEARS, an Advent Calendar of Christmas-themed comic book covers. Dave also has a weekly series in which he posts a monkey-themed cover every Sunday. I am rather fond of monkeys, so I am usually watching for Dave’s monkey cover posts. So, as absolutely required, he combined the two last Sunday with a monkey-themed Christmas comic book cover. Try saying that ten times fast! My only problem is deciding which one I like best — the Homer Simpson Winter Wedding Christmas monkey cover or the Captain Picard Saves Christmas cover

Twitter Advent Calendar, Day 17: #OccupyAdvent

There sure are some interesting Advent hashtags making the rounds! #OccupyAdvent is my favorite, though. I’ve been watching it the whole season, and they’ve kept a strong steady presence going pretty much the entire time. Very impressive.

CHSOCM Tweetchat, October 25, 2011: http://churchsocmed.blogspot.com/2011/10/chsocm-tweetchat-october-25-2011.html
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent - CHSOCM

#OccupyAdvent was born on Twitter. Really! It took life in one of the weekly Church Social Media (#CHSOCM) charts at the peak of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and explored the concept of how to use the same kind of energy of placing the “Holy Dollar” in its more proper secular context at the same time placing the period immediately preceding Christmas in is historic spiritual context.

Because the concept came from an existing community, it began with a substantial amount of power that many such initiatives don’t have immediately. It shows, it really really shows. I could spend days exploring #OccupyAdvent in social media, and only touch the tip of the iceberg. It could be a full time job exploring what they’ve done in less than two months. That is the power of a community that is committed to a shared mission and message. Let’s start with them on Twitter.

Twitter Search: #OccupyAdvent: https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23occupyadvent
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent

I first noticed them in my regular Twitter stream, rattled my brains a bit, and said, “I thought I saw a puddy-tat!? Uh, what was that?” I did a search for the hashtag. You’ll notice that this hashtag search has an enormous amount of variety in the voices speaking. It is also moving at a fairly high rate of speed. This is a hashtag that has taken on it’s own life. Many voices, speaking often, lots of retweets, lots of comments, some conversation, repeated themes and threads. All very dynamic. I also noticed in the stream of the search that the hashtag also has its own Twitter account. Sometimes when a hashtag group does that, the account is most a bot that captures and repeats tweets from the hashtag. Not this one. It is clearly and obviously a real person.

Twitter: OccupyAdvent: https://twitter.com/#!/occupyadvent
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent

The #OccupyAdvent Twitter account points to the OccupyAdvent Facebook page.

Facebook: Occupy Advent: http://www.facebook.com/OccupyAdvent
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent

The Facebook page looks a lot like the Twitter search stream, with many voices, fairly quick turnaround in the conversation, comments on comments. This is what engagement looks like. I’ve never seen this level of engagement so quickly on a new page unless it had to do with a timely and emerging crisis like the Japan Tsunami earlier this year.

The Facebook page had a post to the blog for #OccupyAdvent.

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I must admit a special fondness for today’s blogpost there, the clever reference to a popular description of Santa Claus as actually originating in the Psalms. A powerful and insightful turn of a phrase. Nice also to see that the community includes graphic design and artistic skills. These two screenshots were taken a couple weeks apart, and you can see how the design has changed over time. The blog also does a nice job of including a description of their history, origins, the prime people behind the movement, and so forth.

The Facebook page also pointed to the QR code being used by the movement.

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent

Not just any QR code, either, but one that again shows the creativity of the community by making the QR code look like an Advent candle. The movement has someone else who did a lovely blogpost providing ideas for ways to use the QR code.

Christian Web Trends: Check Out the New #OccupyAdvent QR Code: http://blog.ourchurch.com/2011/11/21/check-out-the-new-occupyadvent-qr-code/
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent

If you take a look, pretty quickly you can see there are LOTS of people blogging about this in their own various online spaces. These range from the expected voices of the organizers to just regular folk, both ministers and parishioners, who believe in the movement or have something valid to contribute.

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Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent

Did you notice that the last screenshot is of an article from the National Catholic Reporter?

Occupy Advent and the Vatican: A revolution of hope: http://ncronline.org/news/justice/occupy-advent-and-vatican-revolution-hope

That one actually isn’t about the OccupyAdvent movement, and seems to be unaware of the the movement, but expresses many similar points of view to what inspired the movement. He isn’t there only one either — there are many voices examining similarities of the Occupy movement and the original purposes of Advent.

If you do a web search for #OccupyAdvent, altogether and not as two separate words, you’ll see literally thousands of hits for this. If you accept it as two words you’ll find, of course, millions, but many of those will turn out to actually be unrelated.

Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent

Still, I’m pretty impressed for a new your movement to have this kind of activity so quickly. Lots of lessons to learn from watching the OccupyAdvent movement! I was delighted to find that someone had even made a Storify to try to tell the story behind OccupyAdvent.

Storify: OccupyAdvent: http://storify.com/anj121/occupy-advent
Twitter Advent Calendar: Day 17, #OccupyAdvent

I wonder what else I would find if I had the time to look. Very very impressive.