Paris attacks: Social media tribute to victims celebrates their lives, one tweet at a time

A tweet from @ParisVictims showing Mr Mathias Dymarski, a victim of the Paris attacks.
A tweet from @ParisVictims showing Mr Mathias Dymarski, a victim of the Paris attacks.PHOTO: PARISVICTIMS/TWITTER

Digital media website Mashable is dedicating one tweet to each of the victims killed in the Nov 13 Paris attacks on a standalone Twitter account - @ParisVictims.

Each of the tweets features information on a victim like their name, age and country of origin, along with a simple description, a photo and the hashtag #enmémoire, which is French for "in memory".

The first tweet, posted on Tuesday (Nov 17), showed Mr Guillaume Decherf, a 43-year-old music journalist and father of two from France. It has been retweeted more than 1,500 times and liked more than 1,700 times.

Twitter's 140-character limit meant that the platform provided a unique way of sharing the victims' stories, Mashable executive editor Jim Roberts told journalism website NiemanLab.

"While that doesn't truly explore all of the contours of these people's lives, it's amazing how powerful 140 characters can be. There was just something about that simple format that was really appealing," he said.

The account has already attracted more than 33,200 followers, and will be left up as a memorial once it has finished its task.

"When it has served that purpose, it'll just live on," Mashable's deputy executive editor Amanda Wills said.

In all, at least 129 people died in the Nov 13 attacks, which have been claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.