Social media At National Museums Scotland, we aim to share our collections and knowledge with as many people as possible. Therefore, as well as offering information and inspiration through our website, we’ve also joined some key social media sites. Through our blog and our presence on Flickr, Twitter and Facebook, we hope to engage the interest and imagination of a wider audience than we can reach through our website - including people who may never have visited our museums before, or even heard of us! We also want to make it easy for anyone interested in our work to keep up-to-date with all our activities, through the networks they’re already using. If you’re on Flickr, Twitter or Facebook, why not join us? Flickr www.flickr.com/nationalmuseumsscotland Flickr is a photo-sharing website. On the National Museums Scotland Flickr pages you’ll find photos taken at our sites alongside pictures of objects from our collection and seasonal events. We also use Flickr to showcase footage from our Scottish Life Archive and to share some of our more unusual artefacts. Our aim is to share our images with as many people as possible, and to engage with visitors who are also keen photographers. We have a group for each museum as well as occasional special project groups, and we invite other Flickr users to share their photos with us in these groups and take part in seasonal challenges. If you’re interested in joining us on Flickr, you can find out more about creating your own Flickr profile here. Twitter www.twitter.com/NtlMuseumsScot Twitter is a social networking website that allows people to send out short messages (or ‘tweets’) about what they’re doing. Users then sign up to ‘follow’ the tweets of other individuals or organisations. We tweet about all kinds of things, from regular updates about our events and exhibitions to fun facts, quirky photos and seasonal information. Following us on Twitter is a quick and easy way for anyone interested in our museums to keep in touch with what we’re up to and let us know what they think. It’s also an effective way for us to connect with visitors and other institutions. The Feast Bowl blog www.feastbowl.wordpress.com/ At 12 feet long, and with a capacity of around 300 gallons, the Polynesian Feast Bowl in our collection is made for sharing and has an interesting story to tell. Like the bowl, the National Museums Scotland blog aims to bring together a mix of ingredients, to share with all comers. The Feast Bowl takes readers behind the scenes at our five museums, and at the National Museums Collection Centre, where our treasures are stored, conserved and made ready for display. Blog posts are written by staff from all over the organisation and readers are encouraged to comment and ask questions on the wide range of topics covered, from conservation to collections, exhibitions to events. Facebook www.facebook.com/NationalMuseumsScotland Facebook is currently the largest social networking website. It allows users to connect with friends and to show their support for museums, charities and other institutions, brands, celebrities and special interest groups. Through our Facebook page, we aim to share our events, exhibitions and collections with a wider audience, particularly young people and parents. Facebook members who ‘like’ our page will receive updates about our events and exhibitions, as well as links to exclusive material, such as photos. With the power of Podio, a free online CRM tool, our team can effectively work together from anywhere to escape email overload, alleviate document chaos and much more. Get structured with Podio's easily modified workspaces and apps, so you and your team can work the way you want to.