Posts Tagged ‘social networking’
Spacing Toronto’s Kat Eschner wrote about the genesis of the Twitter hashtag #topoli.
It was 2010. The G20 protests were in the news, and Rob Ford was running for mayor. Some of Toronto’s Twitter users took to the web to air their thoughts in 140 characters that included the new hashtag #TOpoli[.]
In the past year, from May 5, 2014 to May 4, 2015, more than 1.7 million tweets and retweets used that hashtag. But as the first ten tweets that used the hashtag show, it wasn’t a big success right off the bat. Though it was first used in June 2010, it didn’t really take off until October 25[.]
That’s when Jean-Pierre (JP) Boutros proposed changing from #VoteTO to a hashtag that more closely mirrored provincial hashtag #onpoli. “I just threw it out there,” he said. Boutros went on to work for Councillor Karen Stintz and run for council himself in 2o14. He thinks the hashtag took off because Toronto spent the four-plus years that followed in such preoccupation with municipal politics. But now that Rob Ford’s polarizing mayoralty is over, Boutros thinks there’s less interest in #TOpoli.
A well-written post by Jim Belshaw that he posted to his blog Personal Reflections yesterday really made me think. There, he considered a post of his written in 2007. He remembered where he was and what he was doing at the time; he recognized that the sad situation he had described then had not changed in any of its particulars, sadly; he noted that changing HTML standards and link rot required a revision.
WordPress lets me know, whenever I have successfully uploaded a post, how many I have made in total. Lately it has been hovering around 16 thousand or so, stretching back to the very first posts I made back in 2002 on my LiveJournal. How much of what I wrote has lasted in anything like as good a form as Belshaw’s post? What have these posts led to, if anything? What might they yet lead to? Or, what can they not become, not now and perhaps not ever?
I am wondering, thinking. I admit to being afraid as to what I might conclude.
Torontoist: What’s your personal background?
I’m originally from Welland, Ontario. I am an artist of many sorts, but my education is in graphic design and illustration. Right now, I’m working on personal projects involving digital collage and curating an upcoming art exhibit while attending French classes full time.
What gave you the idea to start a Facebook group inviting people to share their day-to-day observations?
I had to live without the privilege of a smartphone for a while, and it made me realize how much people live in their screens and are oblivious to what is going on around them. (They are often a common topic of the group themselves.) I’d often post things on my personal Facebook page about things I would see “on the street”; I love to tell stories and write creatively, and the comments from my friends were always hilarious. After a few months of thinking about how cool it would be to start a Facebook page for the same thing, I started the group “What Did You See On The Street Today?” in July 2014 to post exactly that, with the main rule of there being no photos allowed. Technology and the internet dominate us with images every day whether we like it or not, so it’s also an homage to the written word, which is a very big part of the purpose.
It’s interesting how the group become so Toronto-centric when you live in Montreal.
I lived in Toronto for a few years, then moved to Montreal in May 2013. Many of the contributors are my friends from when I lived there, and my friends’ friends, their extended circles, etc. The group is international and we get posts from all over the world, and from many different age groups and backgrounds, but the demographic I belong to in Toronto definitely accounts for a huge percentage.