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National Cowboy Museum’s security guard takes over Twitter feed during COVID-19

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The National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City enlisted the help of security guard Tim Tiller during the attraction’s closure over the global coronavirus pandemic.

The National Cowboy Museum closed to the public on March 17. However, the museum’s head of security Tim Tiller has taken over its official Twitter account.

Tim introduced himself on Twitter, writing alongside a headshot: “Hello, my name is Tim and I am the head of security for The Cowboy.

Tim learns about hashtags during COVID-19

“I have been asked to take on the additional duty of social media management while the museum is closed. I’m new to this but excited.

“My team will also continue to protect and monitor the museum. Thanks, Tim Send.”

Tim later shared a snap of the hat and eye patch worn by John Wayne in True Grit (1969). “Hashtag John Wayne,” he wrote. “Lucas, my grandson, told me to use hashtags.”

“Twitter tips, please,” he wrote, before clarifying: “Sorry, thought I was Googling that.”

Tim also shared an image of the Dorothea Lange exhibition, adding that “she looks like someone I’d want to have a beer with”.

‘We get through these tough times together’

He’s also motivating readers with his posts, with one reading: “This is one of her photos of people lined up at a social security office in San Francisco trying to get unemployment benefits in 1937.

“It was a tough time then. And it looks like it’s going to be a tough time now. But we get through these times together, don’t we?”

Meanwhile, Tim missed the point of ‘selfie stations’ and learnt that “asking questions on the social media is good for ‘engagement'”.

“Let’s get engaged! LOL! Thanks, Tim,” he wrote. “I’m very happily married to Tina though.”

In addition, Tim shared photos of himself with Kevin Costner and Sam Elliott. Tim said Costner was “very funny” but that there was “no dancing at the awards or wolves”.

Security guard meets Sam Elliott, Kevin Costner

And, when it comes to TikTok, Tim is just as confused as the rest of us, instead sharing an image of a Roy Rogers alarm clock from the early 1950s.

We’re still not completely convinced that Tim’s posts aren’t the brainchild of a millennial marketing genius, but in the meantime we’ll be #HashtagFollowing.

The National Cowboy Museum is offering a virtual tour of its exhibits.

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Bea Mitchell

A journalist specialising in entertainment and attractions, Bea loves theme parks (mainly Disney) and is particularly interested in things of a gothic, horror or fantasy nature.

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