News
Can Twitter Jump On The Eurovision Bandwagon?

Can Twitter Jump On The Eurovision Bandwagon?

Published May 16, 2013

Icelandic telecom company Vodofone hopes that tweeters will break the national record of 18,000 tweets on a single event during the Eurovision Song Contest.
It has opened a special Eurovision TV channel where viewers can simultaneously watch the competition and follow the discussion on twitter via the hashtag #12stig.
Although Icelanders are known for taking Eurovision seriously, they tweeted far under the record number, 7,400 times with the hashtag #12stig, last year.
The national record is held by Boladagur with the hastag #boladagur. It is a competition where Icelanders try to get international stars to retweet their entries, and had two thousand contestants compete this year.
If you have Vodafone cable TV, tune in on channel 800 or 801 for the full event.
NOTE: Icelanders have a rich tradition of translating foreign words into Icelandic to conform to the strict Icelandic rules of grammar. To ‘tweet’ in Icelandic is to ‘tísta.’
See also:
Áfram Ísland



News
Government Agrees To Accept More Refugees

Government Agrees To Accept More Refugees

by

The Icelandic government has just agreed to accept another group of Syrian refugees from Lebanon, who are due to arrive

News
State Prosecutor Wants Authority To Wiretap Government Officials

State Prosecutor Wants Authority To Wiretap Government Officials

by

Legislative changes are needed to give the State Prosecutor the authority to wiretap government officials suspected of bribery. RÚV reports

News
Outpouring Of Support Saves Astronomy Website From Bankruptcy

Outpouring Of Support Saves Astronomy Website From Bankruptcy

by

Iceland’s premier astronomy website was saved from bankruptcy within hours after news of its financial struggles was announced. As reported,

News
Finance Minister Contradicts Former PM On Early Elections

Finance Minister Contradicts Former PM On Early Elections

by

The Minister of Finance says there absolutely will be elections this autumn – provided parliament meets certain conditions. Social Democrat

News
“Heatwave” In Northeast Iceland

“Heatwave” In Northeast Iceland

by

This week the heat will reach 20°C (69°F) in northeast Iceland. In the west however, temperatures will barely reach 10°C

News
Icelandic Astronomy Website Facing Bankruptcy

Icelandic Astronomy Website Facing Bankruptcy

by

Iceland’s astronomy website, Stjörnu­fræðivef­ur­inn, is facing some hard times. MBL reports that the website filed for bankruptcy at the end

Show Me More!