Next week marks the 100th anniversary of the announcement that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had become the first person to reach the South Pole. We say “announcement” because Amundsen’s team actually reached the Pole on December 14, 1911, but couldn’t make the accomplishment public until they arrived in Hobart, Tasmania on March 7, 1912. Of course, if Amundsen had a Twitter account, perhaps he would’ve been able to tweet of his accomplishments much sooner.
Andrew Evans, National Geographic’s digital explorer, does have a Twitter account. He also has thousands of followers to whom he tweets updates about his travels around the globe, whether’s he’s in D.C. taking a picture of the Washington Monument, standing on the equator in Ecuador, pushing a bus through the mud in Bolivia, or setting foot on the continent of Antarctica.
On a recent National Geographic Live, Evans talked about his 10,000 mile journey from the United States to Anarctica and what it’s like to be the Society’s “wired nomad” in our increasingly connected world.