10 amazing Canadian stories on Twitter

By Rory Capern

March 21, 2016 marks Twitter’s 10th birthday and we’re excited to celebrate with the millions of Canadians who use our platform every day.

As we head into our second decade, we would like to turn the spotlight on Canadian users and highlight 10 stories of Canadians who have done amazing things on Twitter.

Calgary, Alberta: The Foundations for the Future Charter Academy (@ffcaedu) school has several teachers using Twitter to connect with students and their families. Teachers at the school use the #ffcaedu and #ffcaworks hashtags to share classroom highlights, great work by students and news from in and around the school.

Fredericton, New Brunswick: The Midget Major Caps (@MajorAAACaps), a AAA hockey team, live Tweets its game, allowing hockey fans in New Brunswick and beyond to follow the action in real-time via Twitter.

10 amazing Canadian stories on Twitter

Halifax, Nova Scotia: A Twitter-powered observatory (@smubgobs) at Saint Mary’s University allows users to Tweet astronomical image requests, which its telescope automatically takes and replies with personalized images.

Middlesex County, Ontario: Farmer Andrew Campbell (@FreshAirFarmer) used the #Farm365 hashtag to give Twitter users a look at the challenges and realities of farming. Campbell Tweeted a photo every day of 365 and gained 10,000 new Twitter followers in the process.

Nova Scotia: RCMP officers in Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) used Twitter to live Tweet an evening of 911 calls, using the #CopCallsNS hashtag. The program was used to bring visibility to the type of requests the service received on a nightly basis.

Peterborough, Ontario: A teenage boy with Asperger’s syndrome received the birthday of a lifetime after the #Odinbirthday hashtag trended worldwide on Twitter. Birthday greetings came from Justin Trudeau, the Toronto Raptors and the Toronto Blue Jays, amongst thousands of others.

Regina, Saskatchewan: The Royal Saskatchewan Museum (@royalsaskmuseum) takes a lost teddy bear on an epic photo adventure via Twitter, in efforts to reach his owner.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: The traffic division of the Saskatoon Police Service (@SPSTraffic) uses Twitter Polls to ask the public where local traffic enforcements should be located.

10 amazing Canadian stories on Twitter

Toronto, Ontario: Ryerson University partners on a Twitter-activated installation In the Air Tonight (@itatonight) to raise awareness for homelessness. By Tweeting at @itatonight using the #homelessness hashtag, passerby can change the colour of the installation.

Vancouver, BC: Twitter user Eveline Xia (@eveline155) launches campaign around #donthave1million hashtag to raise awareness for affordable housing in Vancouver and the surrounding area.