Many people use social media as a way to make ‘history’ today. Take for instance the Obama “Four More Years” tweet that had over 780,000 retweets, or Commander Chris Hadfield’s photography from space that earned him 700,000 more followers in two months. But envision, if you can, history coming to life on social media. Can you imagine what someone like Socrates could do on Twitter, or Thomas Jefferson on LinkedIn? Here are a few examples of historical figures that we all learned about in History class, that would have absolutely killed it on social media:

Socrates ~ Philosopher King of the Twitter Q&A

If Joan of Arc had a Facebook account, it would look a bit like this. Image courtesy of CollegeHumor Facebook-History.
If Joan of Arc had a Facebook account, it would look a bit like this. Image courtesy of CollegeHumor Facebook-History.

Joan of Arc was a teenage peasant girl who won over the French people, later leading the French Army to several key victories during the Hundred Years War. At the age of 12, she started hearing voices from God sending her on a mission to help the French defeat the English. After convincing the King that she was genuine, Joan was presented a horse, armor, sword and banner. She was captured, handed over to the English and burned at the stake being accused of heresy at the age of 19.

Joan of Arc would have seen Facebook as the perfect opportunity to stage her revolution. Her Facebook page would be plastered with heroic photos of Joan leading the army into the siege of Orléans, and she would use Facebook Events to summon troops for her attacks. Joan would also be able to highlight her martial milestones, and engage with her soldiers and fans throughout France to keep moral high.

Andy Warhol ~ Instagram’s Pop Art Prince

Thomas Jefferson. Copy of painting by Rembrandt Peale, circa 1805. Image by Marion Doss via Flickr

Thomas Jefferson was the third President of the United States and the drafter of the Declaration of Independence. He had relations with people all over the globe, including intellectual leaders in Britain and France to whom he would often write letters. Jefferson co-founded and led the Democratic-Republican Party, which dominated American politics for over 25 years. Other than serving as President, he also was the wartime Governor of Virginia, first United States Secretary of State and second Vice President.

With all of these titles, Thomas Jefferson would have a completely stacked LinkedIn profile! You could also add (among other things) horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, paleontologist, author and inventor onto his list of skills. His profile wouldn’t look too shabby with endorsements from George Washington and John Adams. Because he had strong ties with many people worldwide, I’m sure if Jefferson lived today, we would be seeing “500+” connections for sure. Since he was such a boss in the political game, he would surely be one LinkedIn’s thought leaders.

Do you agree that these historical figures would have rocked on social media? Do you have you’re own favorite figures that would have owned the social media world? Let us know in the comments below.

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