Phake Tweets Tutorial

In this assignment, you will generate tweets from historical figures in order to create FanFiction.  Before I take you through step-by-step, take a look at the assignment instructions.  If for whatever reason you do not want to check out that link, I’ll copy them for you below:

Use the Twister tool from ClassTools ( to generate a series of images representing the voices of past figures if they could express themselves in twitter.  Notch it up, and recast a historical event with a new plot line, and notch it up again, but it a back and forth between two figures (use@person!) . . . 

Here is how I suggest you work on this assignment:

1. Decide what historical event you would like to use for inspiration.  It could be something like the Hamilton-Burr duel, Jackie Robinson’s first game with the Dodgers, whatever you want!  The point is that you will need to decide what event you want to reframe in order to make the next few steps worthwhile.

2.  If you are not already an expert on that historical event, research the event.  This doesn’t have to be complicated.  A quick Google search will probably give you all of the information you need.

3. Take note of the dates, major players involved, any relevant quotes, etc.  These will help you generate your content.

4.  Come up with some clever user names for your major players. In my example, I gave John Wilkes Booth the user name “Wilkes510.”  I’ll admit that’s not terribly clever, but his nickname was Wilkes and 510 represents his birthday (May 10.)

5.  Write your first tweet!  It can be whatever you want.  For my example, I condensed a sentence from John Wilkes Booth’s diary that said how he was feeling.

6. Now that you’ve done all of the creative pre-writing, let’s start fiddling with technology.  Fortunately, Twister is very straightforward.  All you have to do is fill in the blanks.  The site will ask you for the following information:

  • User name
  • Real name
  • Tweet
  • Date

7.  When you are finished filling in the blanks, click submit.  You should get something that looks like this:

John Wilkes Booth on Twitter


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