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How Powerful Twitter Is In Kenya

24 Hours ago, the petition Add Kenya as a Trend Location on Twitter went live. Visit the petition page for more details and remember to click on ‘Sign and Tweet’.

This idea came about after @natekev was kind enough to respond to my tweet, below. We often relate to at least 3 worldwide trending topics and often have Kenyans On Twitter (KOT) contributes to a number of Top 10s. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a category where all 10 trends make sense to us?



Well, that ‘someone’ to organize the petition turned out to be me. Within 20 minutes, The petition was live and signatures started streaming in. I’m a numbers-person and some of the updates I’ve gives are as below:

1 Hour later, 60 tweets reaching 53,437 tweeps.

6 Hours later, 132 tweets reaching 97,880 tweeps.

20 Hours later, 168 tweets reaching 110,513 tweeps.

24 Hours later, 178 tweets reaching 115,053 tweeps.

Within 11Hrs, #AddKenyaToTrends petition became a New #1 petition on act.ly

Here are some of the notable reactions in the #AddKenyaToTrends petition hashtag:

Having Kenya as an option in the Location will be relevant in our active, local social media scene especially in this election year. Kenyans have managed to start many global trending topics and having an options to view Kenya trends will help engage in productive initiatives as well as interactions in humorous trends. Let us hope Twitter responds to this request.

The below tweet got me thinking. Are we likely to run away from Bieber trends and find ourselves having regional ‘Biebers’? 🙂 KOT are fond of participating in Funny trending topics. The concern here is that of content. Twitter has been used to change regimes and organize good courses. I hope this happens in Kenya. I hope KOT engage in productive conversations that will bring about positive change. Discussion is open in the comments section below..

NB: A signature for the petition counts once you click on “Sign and Tweet” here

There’s so much potential for social media in Kenya. I think 2012 will have numerous display of this.

  1. February 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM


    • eGichomo
      February 21, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Gracias!! Post will look much better with an UPDATE saying @twitter added Kenya to Trend Locations 🙂

  2. February 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    and who is a beiber tweep..

    • eGichomo
      February 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Beiber trends you mean? Hypothetical for those top trends you hardly participate in..

  3. February 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    This most interesting and I must salute you for starting this petition. It has gotten a life of its own now. Lets hope that Twitter will hear the demands and honour it because #KOT deserve it.

    It seems lost on the media people on the importance of this….they can gauge their reach,influence and effect of their news. Pity really…….!!

    Again, to you and Nate.

    • eGichomo
      February 21, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Good observation there Mmnjug,

      Media people/houses in Kenya would enjoy this most since it’s a form of filter, geographically. At least I’m not the only one seeing it from that perspective!

      Appreciate it.

    • February 21, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Danke! (thank you) guys…and lets push this till Twitter DO respond 🙂

  4. February 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Good stuff, build it and they will come!

    • eGichomo
      February 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Cheers Bobby! I like how it’s growing every hour…

  5. February 21, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    lets go all the way on this one fam……

    • eGichomo
      February 21, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      You said it man. We can do this!!

  6. February 21, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    This is what we deserve. I hope it shall be honoured because of a variety of needs from diverse clientele in Kenya.

    I applaud you for the petition

    • eGichomo
      February 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      Thanks Mburu,
      I sure hope it’s honored and now it will be up to Kenyans to work on content. I hope the trending topics will be meaningful. Twitter has been used to change regimes and as much as KOT love ”funny” trending topics, we can as well change the country and make it better!

      • February 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

        I agree with you really. Most of the time we just talk about topics that do not add value to the development of our nation. That’s great thing in mid.

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