We may have been under the influence of too much chocolate candy or pink champagne, but if the public display of affection on Twitter yesterday is any true indicator, there's a lot of love for Philadelphia. Make no mistake, however: We are not all starry-eyed romantics here.
Emma Fried-Cassorla, editor of the Philly Love Notes blog, made it her mission to get the hashtag #whyilovephilly trending on Twitter. The hashtag is part of an ongoing social media campaign started in 2011 by Young Involved Philadelphia and Indy Hall. Their intention is to create a convenient, online, real-time space to express positivity, passion and pride for the city — both to other Philadelphians and to the world.
Mission accomplished. Twitter was blowing up with 140-character Valentines to Philadelphia all day long.
I think some of the negative tweets may not actually have been sarcastic — there are folks who may actually love Philly for its segregation, its parking wars, and — yes — that one time all those years ago when people threw snowballs at Santa Claus.
All in all, though, the negative tweets were mostly playful and self-deprecating, a fine Philadelphian trait, which only proves the point: We're a proud lot, and we kinda dig it here.
Eric loves living in South Philly and is very happy to be working in public media again as a NewsWorks web producer. Before moving to Philadelphia, he spent some time on the “dark side” producing web content at MTV Networks in New York. Eric did some freelance work for WNYC, but prior to that he lived in Minneapolis and produced websites and email newsletters for many of Minnesota Public Radio’s programs. Highlights from that time include meetings with a barefoot Garrison Keillor in his office, biking around the beautiful lakes of Minneapolis, and eating plenty of cheese curds, corn dogs and pronto pups at the Minnesota State Fair every year. Eric is originally from Michigan and wears his Detroit Tigers cap with pride.
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