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When a # Becomes a Movement

When a # Becomes a Movement

Today the internet has only one subject. Because today 

#WeTheNorth

Today the movement that captured the city of Toronto, has spread throughout Canada!

Today the Toronto Raptors are NBA Champs. Congratulations to them!

A movement such as #WeTheNorth captures the hearts of a generation, it becomes a movement. On social media it bands people together. It lets them share their stories via the hashtag on platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube. Regardless of race, creed, colour, religion, or tax bracket, when a hashtag becomes a movement, everyone is invited. 

There have been other hashtags from the sports world that have brought people together. Not all have been celebratory. As reported by CBC News, on April 6, 2018, a bus carrying the SJHL (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League) Humboldt Broncos was hit by a semi, killing 16, including 13 players, their coach, trainer, and broadcaster.

From that tragedy, communities across the Provinces, the prairies, the country had the hashtag #HumboldtStrong trending.

From sports to awareness, other such movements have made headlines in recent years.

#WeDay 

“Beginning as a single event nearly ten years ago, WE Day has evolved into a series of 19 stadium-sized events held across the United States, Canada, the UK and the Caribbean. This past year, 200,000 students attended WE Day and left inspired to create change both locally and globally” https://bit.ly/2g8Oz9c

#MeToo

“In October 2017, the hashtag #MeToo made headlines internationally, prompting women from around the world to publicly share their experiences of sexual assault or harassment.” https://bit.ly/2XHo8tX

The power of the hashtag has allowed people to share their stories in an unprecedented manner. Is there a hashtag you have contributed to, or follow specifically to be part of a movement?


This post was originally published as the 3rd in a series for the Algonquin College Social Media Certificate in June, 2019

Photo credit: ©Valerii Honcharuk – stock.adobe.com

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The Dialect of the Emoji

The Dialect of the Emoji

Similar to ancient hieroglyphics, is the evolution of technology creating an emoji language? They are a fun way to express ourselves on text message, and have also found their way into our social media profiles, and even content. But are they replacing our vocabulary, or becoming one of their own? 

As a means to save characters, many profiles use the emoji in place of a subject or title. 

In May, 2019 RedAlkemi stated “Brands are now communicating with its customers in a conversational tone to understand them better and to provide a better online experience. They want to build customer loyalty and keep them engaged for a lifetime. That’s the reason they started using emojis too in business. In addition to this emoji marketing: improves engagement, humanizes our brand, and elevates storytelling.”

Believe it or not, there is also an emojipedia that describes each emoji by category, also listing Most Popular and Events. 

In 2017, Sony Pictures was so convinced of the emoji take over, they created an entire motion picture around it! 

Even so far back as 2015, The Telegraph wrote an article claiming emoji’s as Britain’s fastest growing language. “Professor Vyv Evans, from Bangor University, claims the group of smiley faces and symbols is evolving faster than ancient languages such as hieroglyphics.”

So, what is your preference?

Would you rather say “that’s funny”. or “LOL” or “🤣”?


This post was originally published in a series for the Algonquin College Social Media Certificate in June, 2019