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Student’s hashtag garners worldwide attention

Student’s hashtag garners worldwide attention

January 14
22:14 2013

Jennifer Zhang / Intern

Since its inception in 2007, Twitter has exploded into a source for news, premature celebrity deaths and parody accounts. It also gives dedicated Twitter users an opportunity to grab instant attention.

Pre-political science sophomore Zachary Brown (Twitter handle: @Zach_the_mac) was able to harness the power of Twitter by creating the #UNTFollowTrain on Jan. 8, and its popularity rose so quickly that the hashtag was eventually trending worldwide.

The phenomenon began when Brown noticed that Texas A&M University had created a similar phenomenon, so he wondered, “Why not UNT?”

“This campus gives so much to their students, and I felt that it was time that I decided to give back in a strong way,” Brown said.

According to hashtags.org, Brown’s creation gathered more than 1,000 tweets per minute that day, resulting in a trend. He said he didn’t know if it would be possible, but his friends used the hashtag enough to spread it to Twitter users all over Denton.

“I have a supportive group of friends who believed in the idea, and one thing life has told me is that cooperation and collaboration are crucial keys to success,” Brown said. “A follow train is no different.”

Brown’s plan for giving back to the University stemmed from a bike accident that occurred in front of a fountain.

“Almost immediately, there was a random stranger who came to my aid to see if I was okay,” he said. “This simple act of concern has stuck with me for my time at UNT, and I truly see UNT as a place where I can love, laugh, and learn. UNT is truly the most accepting place I have ever found myself in. ‘YouNT’ is truly a place where being you is all the university asks.”

Below are some of the more popular tweets from people using the #UNTFollowTrain hashtag.

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2 Comments

  1. BC
    BC January 14, 23:17

    Has a portion of this article been redacted or something? It makes no sense. “Giving back to the University” by adapting a hashtag? And what does the bike story have to do with anything?

    The guy tweets ENDLESSLY. He used the A&M hashtag a half-dozen times first, then finally tweeted “Okay lets get this #UNTFollowTrain going. Yes. I’m going to take full credit for it.” Wow, what a selfless, caring person. The fact that some other random guy, “@j_sizzle24” beat him to the punch fizzles this story even more, especially since that guy didn’t even go to UNT.

    More than anything, though: Who gives a crap?
    -BC

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  2. Jamie Ericson
    Jamie Ericson January 15, 00:49

    And negative comments will only make our school a better place. Thanks BC.

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