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Ukrainian Twitter Account Chronicles Euromaidan Protests Day by Day

The Euromaidan protests have left behind many photos, videos, and social media content. Image by Mikhail Palinchak on Demotix.

The Euromaidan protests have left behind many photos, videos, and social media content. Image by Mikhail Palinchak on Demotix.

How do you remember Euromaidan? A new Twitter account allows social media users in Ukraine and beyond to relive the history of the Euromaidan protests as they happened.

Today we begin the project “Maidan—Day by Day,” where we'll be recreating the events of our Revolution.

Created by anonymous Ukrainian users, the account, Майдан День За Днем (Maidan Day by Day), recreates the events of Euromaidan protests (or, the Maidan, for short) day by day. Regular tweets chronicle the happenings of each subsequent day, posting facts, links, photos, and videos.

The first photo. :) And the first tweet from Euromaidan. They just got there earlier.
[text in screenshot: I went to revolution. No one here. A lonely Christmas tree and the construction guys’ booth. I'm gonna go get coffee with @ja_olga.]

The night from 21 to 22 November. The first live stream broadcast from Euromaidan. It was started by user Krus.

What began as pro-EU demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv in late November 2013, when then-President Yanukovych decided not to sign the EU association agreement, soon turned into a “Revolution of Dignity,” a mass movement to take back the country and a fight against the corrupt regime.

Euromaidan. Day 8.
[text in image:
November 28
Euromaidan continues to stand
EU Summit begins in Vilnius. Yanukovych has arrived as well
Merkel: “There are no hopes for signing the agreement”
Transport companies refuse to travel to Kyiv]

The protests escalated to a deadly stand-off between hundreds of thousands of citizens and government forces on February 18, when dozens of protesters were killed and hundreds wounded. Euromaidan ended with Yanukovych deposed and a new interim government taking charge.

Euromaidan activists used social media, digital technology and crowdmapping to organize and sustain the protests, all the while documenting the daily life of the Maidan in Kyiv and other cities around Ukraine. Maidan Day by Day on Twitter draws on the massive amounts of posts, news stories, and visual evidence to tell the story of each day of the protests exactly a year later. Many of the tweets quote key personalities from the protests and their updates from that time.

A. Yatsenyuk: Ukraine will sign the association. If not with this President (Yanukovych), then with a new one. Nov 28, 2013.

November 28, 2013. Euromaidan protests continue in different cities of our Ukraine.

The new project also has pages on Facebook and Russian VKontakte, where it posts many of the same photos and videos as it hopes to attract a larger audience to follow the daily updates and see the content from particular days of the protest.

To make the collective memory game of Maidan Day by Day even more engaging, social network users can join the crowdsourced living history experiment and share their own memories of each day of the protest using the hashtag #майданденьзаднем (#maidandaybyday).

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