The MarineLives academic/public history hybrid project has had a presence within HASTAC since late January 2014.
It has been a fantastic learning experience to see such an active community (and communities) of interest, supported by decent technology.
We have written about our approach to social media and collaboration in a recent HASTAC blog article: Social media and collaborative history
The figure below supplements this earlier article with an analysis of visit data to our own blog. We have seen a significant impact of our HASTAC membership (and our activity within HASTAC) on our blog visit numbers over the last three weeks.
Is this a controlled experiment?
Well, its about as good as it gets - during this period we have published no new articles in the Shipping News (which would normally lead to automatic downloads and prompted visits), and we have not actively promoted the Shipping News through our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Comments and shared experiences of other HASTAC members would be appreciated