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Sri Lankan Twitter Hashtag Memories – #TweepsAsCabinetMinisters

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As many of you know, #TweetUpSL which is the largest gathering of the Sri Lankan Twitter community will be held on 7th of December at Mercantile Cricket Association (MCA). As the online media partner of #TweetupSL 4, Digit Magazine will be bringing back the memories of Sri Lankan Twittershpere by digging into popular hashtags that were used by Tweeps.

Sri Lankan tweeps are known to create conversation around a topic which then converts into a popular hashtag among the community for a given time. The most important aspect is the fun element in these hashtags, where tweeps make it a way to have entertainment on their timeline. Sri Lankan Twitter community seems to be very democratic with voting rights for tweeps to vote for different categories of Tweeps. Since the voting for TweetupSL has already started, we thought of digging into a hashtag which is related to elections and politics - #TweepsAsCabinetMinisters

The interesting point to note about  funny hashtags is that they initiated by a tweep, based on a current incident or a situational factor. #TweepsAsCabinetMinisters was initiated on 27th of January 2013 with the reshuffling and the expansion of Cabinet of Sri Lanka. As Sri Lanka is on its way to the Guinness record for the largest cabinet, Twitter community also made their own version of the cabinet which was initiated by Mr. Tweep @GayanMW.

That was the birth of one hillarious hash tag! With this tweet, the hash tag started to get viral on Sri Lankan Twittersphere. These tweets were full of fun and creativity while communicating messages about many issues in the community.

Some tweets were related to the lifestyles of tweeps, then converted to a ministry.

Many tweeps were talking about celibrities, sports and many more random aspects of life.

There were also tweets related to tweep’s full time jobs, which had made them masters to handle the ministries related to the field of work.

Some of the hash tags also talked about the Twitter personalities and also the Twitter routine of Tweeps

Once the ministers were appointed, these Twi-Ministers were also planning for their deputy ministers.

Among these tweeps, there were also tweeps trying really hard to get certain ministries under them with ‘promises and manifestos’, which is very similar to normal situation with Sri Lankan cabinet.

Similar to the situation with any cabinet reshuffle, we also noticed many clashes and fights for few popular ministries such as food and beverages and SRK related activities.

Tweeps were also suggesting that @PresRajapaksa should check out these #TweepsAsCabinetMinisters tweets to get an idea of the preferences of the citizens.

And this is what happened!

It is about fun! But at times, it goes beyond that! The note below, sums up all :)

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Hajara is a former Program Officer at SLASSCOM (Sri Lanka Association of Software and Service Companies) and an MBA candidate of Staffordshire University - UK. She holds a BA (Hons) in Business Administration (First Class) from Staffordshire University - UK and currently pursuing studies on CIMA Strategic Level. Hajara is dreaming of a Sri Lanka with IT/BPM industry as the number one industry and she can be followed on Twitter via @hajara_. Views are personal.

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