On Twitter, there are several ‘hashtag games’ where someone tweets a picture and others have to guess what it is. I’ve played quite a few of these games, such as #NameThatTrack by @LisaVipes and #CougarOrNot by @drmichellelarue, but as far as I could see, there were no geology based games.

I decided to create a geology themed game called #AreYouSiO2. Every Monday, I tweet a picture of a mineral at 14:00 GMT and players have until 21:00 GMT to guess whether it’s a variety of quartz (SiO2). Players get bonus points if they can name the variety.

#AreYouSiO2 is still in its infancy – there have only been two rounds so far – but I hope that people will enjoy seeing the wide range of quartz varieties. Make sure you don’t miss the next round this Monday!

(Title image is quartz with some pyrite, accession number 8A:1(109), from the University College London Geology Collections)


Museum Hour on Museum Career Stories

Museum Hour is a weekly discussion hosted by the @museumhour Twitter account under the #MuseumHour hashtag. I first heard of Museum Hour just before Christmas last year so it wasn’t until the New Year that I had the chance to participate in a discussion; if I remember correctly, the topic was about ‘all things new’ e.g. exhibitions, programmes etc. I strongly recommend having a look through the tweets, it gives you the chance to connect with other museum workers and can be a great source of inspiration and encouragement.