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The Shorty Interview
with Ben Uri Gallery

What are six things you could never do without?
art art art art art art
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
To promote the great stuff our charity is doing and make connections with people who care about the same things.
Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook for social; Twitter for getting your point across!
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
We are loving ‘Richard III’ right now but there are just too many to pick one!
What feature should Twitter add?
Different sign offs if you have more than one person tweeting through an account.
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
Artists no longer with us
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
Thrs nthn I wnt shrtn!
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
It would mean the world if Big Name Museums and Art Galleries like the British Museum, Tate and V&A, to name but a few, would follow us
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Why should we vote for you?
The publicity will advance our charity’s cause to bridge communities and bring art to everyone.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
@DartmouthMuseum has a really great social media officer. We are impressed by his motivation.
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
#JudyChicago because we want lots of people to see the exhibition of her work we have on and we want to know what people think of it!
How do you make your tweets unique?
No-one else has art quite like Ben Uri’s collection - it’s a constant source of inspiration.
What inspires you to tweet?
Unusual art, people’s stories, important things I think other people need to know...the list goes on.
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Can you tweet “too much” ??
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Do not become bogged down in it - live a life worth tweeting about rather than tweeting about a life you’d like to have!
How long can you go without a tweet?
We like to tweet fairly frequently at Ben Uri - it prevents withdrawal symptoms!
What question are we not asking here that we should?
What about favourite tweet of all time?
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
If it was integrated into real life more the world would move much faster. Tweet feeds in railway stations? Visitor centres? Arts centres?
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
The Whitney Museum in New York that organized what it called the first ever online Twitter museum tour.
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
That it’s a social destroyer rather than a social builder!
Why should people follow you?
Ben Uri is the “Art Museum for Everyone” + we have digitised our collection and learning resources so they are available to the world.
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
We would like to big up @museumpaige - she posts great sketches of famous art works all the time.
How do you decide what to tweet?
It’s all about what our followers will find interesting/useful/fun and sharing what Ben Uri has to offer
How do you use social media to motivate yourself or others to live a healthier life?
By sharing our favorite exhibitions, music, funny videos - health for the mind and soul!
How has social media helped bring your family closer together and #keepgoodgoing?
It has connected us to the global art family. We wouldn’t be anything without them.
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
It’s shown me the potential that social media has to influence others and share information and experiences with people.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
Make real world events happen. We are very excited about an education event we are planning that started off as a simple tweet from a fan.
How will the world change in the next year?
If only we knew - we could make a fortune!
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
Bitching about people publicly. There is no need for that. You wouldn’t do that with a megaphone in the street so don’t do it online.

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