First things first, I’d like to start this blog by thanking each and every one of you who contributed to and participated in this campaign. This should show you how much an online presence can pay off.
If you’re not aware of what I’m talking about, on April 22nd, 2011 I posted the Twitter: The Armenian Genocide Campaign article in which I suggested starting a campaign, as the name suggests, for the Armenian Genocide recognition, by using Twitter’s hashtag symbol “#” in order to ‘trend’ the wording and make the ‘Armenian Genocide’ show up on every Twitter users’ account when they log in, hopefully giving them the option to click on the trend, and learning more about the issue.
Incredibly, this campaign started the same night, as the Facebook event page was started, about 5,000 members were invited to join, and boy did people join! We had tweets updating the #armeniangenocide page every minute or two on April 23rd, and by April 24th, we had tweets coming about every 7 seconds or so average!!!!! It was insane!
Our goal to trend the #armeniangenocide wasn’t perfectly met, however we did pull off to trend it in Los Angeles, with the tweet numbers reaching 6 digit numbers, we had ‘Armenian’ trending first, and ‘#armeniangenocide’ later on; the latter with the help of Kim Kardashian and the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF).
What did Kim Kardashian do?
Well, Kim Kardashian actually wrote a very nice blog condemning the event and asking for it to be recognized, although still blogging to her millions of fans to call their state representatives and asking them to recognize the Armenian Genocide. That alone, in my book at least, is enough of teaching odars (Armenian for ‘foreigners’) about the Armenian Genocide! Since we’re survivors, we should teach! Soon enough, Kim Kardashian, with the help of the #armeniangenocide hashtag supporters who made sure they tweeted Kim as many times as they could, and once she was online she did post a tweet that got re-tweeted lord knows how many times and boom! WE WERE TRENDING AN HOUR LATER!
By achieving this, we actually had the chance to teach many people (by many, the number is in thousands) of people who asked about what the fuzz and trending was about, and myself and many users actually helped answer these questions and got their support or at least taught them a fact. I’m proud of every single person who did this or spread the word about it, thank you very much, this cause is very dear to me and the recognition has been my life goal, still is, and always will be. No words can thank you enough on behalf of the one million and a half dead during the Armenian Genocide. You made the unheard voices heard. Thank you again.
People credited with the first initial push of this project deserve the credit and recognition for what they have done. They taught people by the simple action of posting or spreading the word about the initial process of this campaign, and they include, but are not limited to:
Close people to me/friends of mine: Seza B., Edith K., Shant Avedissian, Caroon A., Mary K., Norair V. and everyone else who posted or spread the word that I wasn’t aware about.
An honest photographer who helped with his heart: Sako San.
And a close friend of mine, and an AYF member: Levon A.
Model, beautiful inside and out: Rose Lopez.
Rapper, fresh out of the oven starter: Enfinal.
Here are some pictures for you to show you what we achieved, click on the pictures to see them in their real sizes with no distortions:
As the Armenian Genocide remembrance day gets closer, I’ve decided to share an idea with you, the reader. Twitter.com has an hourly updated ‘trends’ list for popular words or phrases posted in ‘tweets’. What does that mean? Well, it means more recognition and teaching from our side.
Ladies and gentlemen, Armenians or not, if you use Twitter, for the next week or so, let’s all post daily tweets mentioning the hashtag: #armeniangenocide. All you have to do is write something about the Armenian Genocide, and instead of writing ‘Armenian Genocide’ like that.. all you have to do is make it an: #armeniangenocide.
What does this do? This, if posted enough times on these days, might get that phrase trending, and when a phrase trends, the phrase shows up on the homepage of TWITTER.COM!!!!!
The trend already started, but with us holding each others’ hands and doing this together, we can get it to trend on the homepage. Here is what a person, non-familiar with the Armenian Genocide history or facts, will see when they search for or click on the #armeniangenocide.
If you don’t know, the Armenian Genocide took place during the early 1900s and cost us as much as a million and a half Armenians killed by the Ottoman Empire, while the rest were sent out on marches that went straight from Armenia to Iran and other Arabic countries such as Syria and Lebanon. My family walked from Armenia to Iran to Iraq all alone, and every other Armenian can tell you their family’s history. The genocide has still not been recognized by the U.S., let’s push for that. The 1.5 million human beings deserve at least that much respect. If this genocide is unrecognized, how many will happen because of the lesson we teach them about consequences?