10 uniquely Canadian tweets first slide

Twitter turns 10 years old today, and the microblogging platform is celebrating by encouraging followers to use the #LoveTwitter hashtag, in addition to creating a celebratory video and fascinating infographic showing how quickly a few of its most iconic tweets spread.

The company also released a list of 10 uniquely Canadian stories on its blog, with Twitter Canada’s managing director Rory Capern forgoing any sort of ranking algorithm to simply highlight 10 Canadian individuals and organizations “who have done amazing things on Twitter.”

Click ahead to meet them.

Calgary, Alberta: The Foundations for the Future Charter Academy (@ffcaedu) uses Twitter to connect teachers with students and their families, encouraging educators to use the #ffcaedu and #ffcaworks hashtags to share classroom highlights, notable student work and news from the school and surrounding community.


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Fredericton, New Brunswick: AAA hockey team the Midget Major Caps (@MajorAAACaps) live-Tweets its games, allowing hockey fans both local and national to follow the action as it happens.


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Halifax, Nova Scotia: The city’s Saint Mary’s University has an observatory that uses Twitter to solicit astronomical image requests (@smubgobs), which its telescope automatically shoots and sends via personalized message to curious users.

Middlesex County, Ontario: Social media-savvy farmer Andrew Campbell (@FreshAirFarmer) tweeted a photo every day in 2015, using the #Farm365 hashtag to give Twitter users a look at the challenges facing today’s farmers – and gaining 10,000 new Twitter followers while he was at it.

Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia RCMP officers (@RCMPNS) live-tweeted an evening of 911 calls using the #CopCallsNS hashtag on Feb. 5, highlighting the types of requests that operators typically received and educating users on the types of calls that warranted 911 in the first place.

Peterborough, Ontario: When Odin Camus first sent out invitations to his 13th birthday party, nobody responded. To cheer up her son, who has Asperger’s syndrome and is bullied at school, Melissa Camus posted another invitation in a Facebook group for local mothers – and it went viral, with thousands of people around the world including Justin Trudeau, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Blue Jays wishing Odin a happy birthday using the #Odinsbirthday hashtag on Twitter.

Regina, Saskatchewan: After a young boy lost his teddy bear, the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (@royalsaskmuseum) took it on a guided tour, tweeting its adventure with the #lostbear hashtag in an effort to reach his owner. (Sadly, the available evidence suggests that said owner was never found.)


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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: The Saskatoon Police Service’s traffic division (@SPSTraffic) uses Twitter to ask residents where local traffic should be enforced.


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Toronto, Ontario: Artist Dave Colangelo collaborated with Ryerson University in March 2014 on a massive public data visualization project, In the Air, Tonight (@itatonight) to raise awareness for homelessness. Twitter users could change the installation’s colour by tweeting at @itatonight using the #homelessness hashtag.

Vancouver, BC: If you live in Toronto or Vancouver, you know the cost of housing in both cities is too high. Last March, Twitter user Eveline Xia (@eveline155) launched a campaign to highlight its impact on the cities’ people, using the hashtag #donthave1million to raise awareness of Vancouver’s lack of affordable housing.


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Eric Emin Wood
Former editor of ITBusiness.ca turned consultant with public relations firm Porter Novelli. When not writing for the tech industry enjoys photography, movies, travelling, the Oxford comma, and will talk your ear off about animation if you give him an opening.