Belfast Telegraph

Thousands use social media for tributes

By Ellen Branagh

As the nation marks 100 years since the start of the First World War, commemorations have spread to the online world, with people's sentimentality shining through.

As well as using its own records, family history site Findmypast has monitored social media to build up a picture of how people are talking about the war.

The site, which has more than 26 million First World War records online, found in July alone there were more than 57,000 tweets tagged #WWI or #WW1.

By analysing the trends on Twitter, Findmypast said in those 57,000 tweets people were being hugely sentimental about the Great War, with 1,674 mentions of love; 139 about courage; and nearly 1,200 mentions of home.

Poetry was a hugely shared topic. Wilfred Owen was the most talked about poet, with 270 tweets mentioning the author of Anthem for Doomed Youth, compared with 92 about Rupert Brooke; 49 referring to Siegfried Sassoon; and 31 about Rudyard Kipling.

One of the biggest discussion topics online was specific battles, with 1,552 tweets on Ypres and 1,419 on the Somme.

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