I was fascinated with the Twitter project the country of Sweden did (@Sweden). The bio states “A new Swede every week!” I was an early follower and have enjoyed reading about the everyday lives of residents there. Sure, it has gotten a little kooky or controversial at times, but overall the project has been successful.
The About page on their curatorsofsweden.com page, which also houses the current @Sweden curator’s long-form bio, reads like this:
Every week, someone in Sweden is @Sweden: sole ruler of the world’s most democratic Twitter account.
For seven days, he or she recommends things to do and places to see, sharing diverse opinions, and ideas along the way.
After that, someone else does the same—but differently. Follow all nine million of us. Welcome to Sweden.
I think we could pull off a project like this in New Orleans. Everyone is curious about us: our food, our habits, our culture, our lives. I travel a lot, and people always ask me about what happens when Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest isn’t going on or they tell me they can’t imagine what living here is like. What better way to let them know what it’s really all about than US, the residents, constructing and controlling the real narrative? Not just the one people see on television or in the news. Can we influence the outside world’s view that New Orleans is not just Bourbon Street and a rising crime rate, but a mix of experiences, multi-layered and diverse? Hopefully. Will those things we’re famous for come into play? Most certainly. But so will hundreds of other inside perspectives.
Every Sunday evening, a new volunteer tweeter will take control of the @BeingNOLA account. The curator will be briefed with some loose guidelines for the account, given their own password, some surprisingly non-sarcastic encouragement and a sincere THANK YOU VERY MUCH. This Sunday, June 2nd, our inaugural New Orleans tweeter will take the reins.
I’m very happy that a lot of locals are following the account and would love it if everyone would share it with their non-NOLA friends.
We’ll try this experiment for a few months and see if it catches on. I’m also open to suggestions.
Email me to volunteer, suggest curators, or for anything at: neworleans140 [at] gmail [dot] com
See you on the internet!