Have you ever wondered when The New York Times hired its first female reporter? Or how about when the paper installed its first phone?
Last week, one of the paper’s two social media editors, Alexis Mainland, started tweeting some of these fun facts. Why? She told one Twitter follower it was “the detritus of a project I’m working on.”
Favorite NYT fact discovered so far: NYT got its first phone number in 1886. The number was John 470.— Lexi Mainland (@lexinyt) February 8, 2012
As Mainland showed, digging into your newsroom’s past and tweeting about your findings is a great way to engage readers and share more than just news in your Twitter stream.
To read more of Mainland’s tweets, check out this Storify that Jeff Sonderman of Poynter made.