VANDALIA — The City of Vandalia is introducing a fun social media project designed to get Vandalians telling their stories. The #HereInVandalia project uses the unique properties of a social media hashtag to create an online community celebrating life “Here in Vandalia.”
“With social media exploding the way that it has over the past few years, we’ve been looking for a way to use this amazing technology in a positive way,” said Jon Crusey, Vandalia city manager. “This project is a way to use social media to tell our story in a very unique way.”
The hashtag is commonly used to help categorize a photo submitted to a social media site such as Twitter or Instagram. By using the hashtag in conjunction with a photo, others can search all social media sites for that specific hashtag. In order for Facebook photos to be used in the campaign, the user must tag City of Vandalia – City Manager’s Office in the post.
“When people use the ‘HereInVandalia’ hashtag, we’re able to search social media to post all of those hashtagged photos on one web site.,” Crusey explained. “To see all of the photos with the “HereInVandalia” hashtag, simply go to www.hereinvandalia.com.”
For those who are less computer savvy, the Vandalia website will have an option to manually submit a photo for the campaign.
The campaign is designed to give Vandalians the opportunity to tell their story through pictures.
“Each week we’ll choose one post to be featured on our web page and receive an official Vandalia t-shirt,” Crusey said. “The winning photos will also be featured on our website and in the Vandalia Drummer News.”
Another aspect of the campaign will be the use of portable picture frames that will be available at many Vandalia events. “This is just a way to promote the campaign and have a little fun… people can use the frames to pose for selfie pictures,” Crusey explained. “They’re going to be available at larger public events such as the Star-Spangled Celebration and the Air Show Parade.”
Reach Rich Hopkins at (937) 415-2251.