Yesterday the Twitterverse was all abuzz at the launch of #samesexsunday. #samesexsunday is an idea I cooked to connect LGBT Twitterers and share news and information.
The concept is pretty simple. Its #followfriday gone gay, gay, gay.
Each Sunday recommend LGBT people or organizations on Twitter that you think others should be following. Say a few words to describe the people/groups, link to their Twitter account and end with the hashtag #samesexsunday.
Example: Mad, bad and fabulous to know: @bilerico @jerame @buffawhat @bilericodc #samesexsunday
The meme worked so well that it was one of the top trending topics of Sunday.
It also caught the attention of our blogger brethren at Blabbeando
The concept sounded intriguing: Beginning yesterday and on a weekly basis LGBT folk who have Twitter accounts get to recommend their favorite LGBT Twitterers by tagging them and adding #samesexsunday to the message. I mostly use my Twitter account to follow the latest from LGBT organizations and influential LGBT folk so I happily "pounded" my way through my lists and then realized that lots of folk were noticing thanks to the #samesexsunday hashtag.
And then it was, like, an 'Ah-ha!' moment as I finally realized the potential of Twitter which had eluded me all these months. The beauty of it is that you can discover all sorts of interesting people (and bloggers) just by searching for samesexsunday on Twitter.
Twitter's not just for breaking news, however. Unlike traditional one-way media, Twitter allows users to respond to each other, meaning that news becomes a conversation. Consider Same Sex Sunday, an idea hatched by the kids over at the Bilerico project. The concept is simple: Tell folks about your favorite gay Twitterers and include the "hash tag" (a way of making similar tweets easily searchable) #samesexsunday. By putting like-minded folks in touch with each other, news carries.
Tuesday is the launch of #transtuesday coined by @allysonrobinson to connect transpeople and supporters and share news and info.
What the success of #samesexsunday and the launch of #transtuesday show is that Twitter (and other social networking sites) can be powerful tools to build the LGBT community and spread breaking news.
Be sure to check out #transtuesday and #samesexsunday each week.