Keeping up with Icelandic trends on Twitter is impossible. As in: you can’t do it. And this needs to change.
To be fair it took Icelanders a long time to warm to the platform. However, recent months have seen them flocking to Twitter in ever growing numbers (finally!). This was underlined by the #FreeTheNipple revolution, which marked an unprecedented epoch of Icelanders’ Twitter engagement.
One of the great things about Twitter is that it allows you to easily follow trends from nearby areas. In an Icelandic version of this article, I took some time to explain “trends,” but I don’t have to do that in English because you guys already know all about trends. You English-speakers can actually enter your country or city in Twitter’s trend search and keep track of what’s going on around you. Unless you’re in Iceland. Then, you have the option of keeping track of what’s going on in Dublin or Orlando.
There’s no better venue for following the national debate in real-time than Twitter. Can you blame us for wanting to play? So, why is Twitter acting like those guys who ran that ‘No Homers Club’ in the Simpsons? Except, with “Iceland” instead “Homers” (I just watched that episode).
Iceland doesn’t exist on Twitter, and that sucks! Let’s change that.
In an attempt to do just that, I tweeted about this sucky situation the other day—and I need you to do that too. Retweet this post or post your own tweet with the hashtag #TwitterRecognizeIceland. Please. For Iceland.
— Atli Fannar (@atlifannar) March 26, 2015
Do it for Iceland.
As a social medium, Twitter has many benefits over Facebook (which has a whopping 200.000+ users in Iceland alone). Unlike Facebook, Twitter has very few restrictions. You aren’t locked inside your friend groups. Twitter is open. Case in point: they refrained from censoring the #FreeTheNipple campaign. Unlike some other social networks I could name.
And now Twitter has to recognize our existence. We are here! We exist!
Hailing from Selfoss, Atli Fannar is the editor of award-winning news site Nútíminn, an amateur basketball player and the son of a cheese maker.