We may have been under the influence of too much chocolate candy or pink champagne, but if the public display of affection on Twitter yesterday is any true indicator, there’s a lot of love for Philadelphia. Make no mistake, however: We are not all starry-eyed romantics here.
Emma Fried-Cassorla, editor of the Philly Love Notes blog, made it her mission to get the hashtag #whyilovephilly trending on Twitter. The hashtag is part of an ongoing social media campaign started in 2011 by Young Involved Philadelphia and Indy Hall. Their intention is to create a convenient, online, real-time space to express positivity, passion and pride for the city — both to other Philadelphians and to the world.
Mission accomplished. Twitter was blowing up with 140-character Valentines to Philadelphia all day long.
— Michaelangelo Ilagan (@mikeyil) February 14, 2013
“Not only did we have it trending in Philadelphia almost all day,” said Fried-Cassorla in a follow-up report on the stunt, “but we got it to trend nationally as well.”
At some points Thursday, #whyilovephilly tweets poured in every second.
What I found interesting (but by no means surprising) was that, for every three or five positive observations about life in Philadelphia, there was a negative observation.
#whyilovephilly We boo Santa who delivers presents for everyone, but cheer Rocky who was a deadbeat dad.
— PhilliesFlyers89 (@PhilliesFlyer89) February 14, 2013
I think some of the negative tweets may not actually have been sarcastic — there are folks who may actually love Philly for its segregation, its parking wars, and — yes — that one time all those years ago when people threw snowballs at Santa Claus.
All in all, though, the negative tweets were mostly playful and self-deprecating, a fine Philadelphian trait, which only proves the point: We’re a proud lot, and we kinda dig it here.
Here’s a sampling of what we saw yesterday.
#whyilovephilly, Feb. 14, 2013
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WHYY and NewsWorks got a couple shout-outs. We’re blushing.
#whyilovephilly best NPR member station in the country! #whyyilovephilly @whyyPlowshare Farms
#WhyILovePhilly the history, the generosity, the toughness, the loyalty, the love and of course @whyy and @NewsWorksWHYYAja Beech
And Peter Crimmins is pretty awesome.
This story on @NewsWorksWHYY is #whyilovephilly http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/homepage-feature/item/50952-the-secrets-out-pocket-piano-is-synthfully-fun?Itemid=1&linktype=hp_impactNick Marzano
The outpouring of Philly love was overwhelming.
Because it’s possible to sit on a certain flat rock overlooking Wissahickon Creek and feel a million miles from the city. #whyilovephillyAmy Z. Quinn
#whyilovephilly? I just do! Although she may not be the city Some people think of As pretty To my heart She carries the keyMaiken Scott
Reading Terminal Market. Our fierce loyalty to disappointing sports teams. The public school teachers who helped make me. #whyilovephillyAdam Bonin
#WhyILovePhilly because people say “How ya been” and “How you makin’ out”Don D
Effusive, aggressive hometown pride. #whyilovephilly http://pic.twitter.com/0XMjl1lmLauren Vidas
#whyilovephilly It is SUNNY here in the winter. Where I grew up in the great midwest, it felt like the sun was in hiding from Nov-March.Carolyn Beeler
Enough said. #whyilovephilly http://pic.twitter.com/I35bhXZtAlex Stephen
@NewsWorksWHYY Because of all the amazing nonprofits that make this city so vibrant! #whyilovephilly #nonprofitvalentinesSteegeThomson
#whyilovephilly Kelly Drive, Schuylkill River Trail, Wissahickon Trail, Perkiomen TrailMPP
#whyilovephilly. 4th of July at the Art Museum. Biggest block party on the planetAnthony Sica
“@CSNPhilly: #Sixers fans, #Flyers fans, #Eagles fans, #Phillies fans and #Union fans! #whyilovephilly” because all fans are passionateMelissa Welsh
Most artistic @nhl fans. #whyilovephilly @NHLFlyers http://pic.twitter.com/1FKrCsonBang Bang Mommy
Big pride. Big proud. @Phillies #whyilovephilly http://pic.twitter.com/BaTMLlHMBang Bang Mommy
#whyilovephilly soft pretzels, bike lanes, R2L restaurant, Kristen Graham’s reporting, and oh so many more.KaiserSozi
Reading Terminal Market #whyilovephilly We always make a visit to restock our freezer with sausages.Chris Miller
#whyilovephilly #gayborhood @Michael_Nutter #outfest #phillypride http://pic.twitter.com/JDIJHTwAjane irwin
The culture! Touring & homegrown musicians, museums & national history, art house theaters & @phillyfilmsoc. #whyilovephillyBeth Meier
#whyilovephilly? All of our pretensions and snobbery revolve around cheesesteaks, roast pork and parallel parking.FederalDonuts
#whyilovephilly was trending nationally, perhaps confusing some twitizens.
#whyilovephilly I dont love philly, because I live in Dallas, TEXAS. why is this even trending in Dallas/Ft Worth?Macy Covington
Some people opted for a more sarcastic tone.
Because the Broad Street Line is the best place to buy incense, body oils, CDs and DVDs from a guy with a rolling suitcase #whyilovephillyMichaelangelo Ilagan
#whyilovephilly: 11th Srteet is a thing that actually happened. http://pic.twitter.com/b7MFzKElSarah Baicker
#whyilovephilly I watch crime scenes occur in my backyard and it’s better than csiJen
#WhyILovePhilly The ridiculous city wage tax, horrible public transportation, bandwagon Cowboy fans, and overpriced bars.Dave Maco
Seeing Mayor Michael Nutter all over the city with everyone but his wife. #whyilovephillySetoiyo
#whyilovephilly south philly seems unsettling until you traverse to north philly.Anders Lindfors
Here’s the real story as to #whyilovephilly http://wp.me/p33UKz-5b hint: it’s really what i loveJosh Kruger