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This is not what the NYPD had in mind.
A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired in a very public way.
On Tuesday, the offical @NYPDNews account sent a Tweet asking that users share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, saying it might feature the photographs on its Facebook page.
Instead, the suggested hashtag of #myNYPD was quickly hijacked by photos of police brutality.
Individuals and groups like Occupy Wall Street NYC started tweeting photos like these:
Other photos included an elderly man bloodied after being arrested for jaywalking.
Some respondents did send in the type of police-friendly photographs officials were hoping to get.
But most of the photos were more like this:
NYPD spokeswoman Kim Royster says the uncensored and open dialogue was good for the city, however one Twitter user may have summed up all of the #fail best with this tweet:
https://twitter.com/ashadihopper/status/458737420523950080Wed, 23 Apr 2014 04:34:15 -0700
The New York Police Department dealt with a social media emergency Tuesday after a well-intentioned hashtag backfired in an epic way.
It's simple enough: This tweet from the NYPD's official Twitter account encouraged users to tweet photos of themselves with New York's finest using #myNYPD.
What followed was a day-long coup d'Twitter as users hijacked the hashtag and posted unflattering photos of New York police.
Some pictures were more ironic, like this photo of officers standing next to an ad that reads, "We're not for everyone. Just the 1% that matters." (Via Twitter / @TheRealKeori)
Other pictures were more comedic, like this officer frisking a suspicious looking pup. (Via Twitter / @BananaKarenina)
Nearly 10 hours after the NYPD launched its doomed Twitter campaign, #myNYPD was still trending in the U.S.
So, what went wrong? How did this whole share-your-NYPD-photos thing turn on its head so quickly?
According to CNN, the NYPD said in a statement it was "creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community. Twitter provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city."
The New York Times reports the NYPD enjoyed some success in 2012 with a viral image of an officer giving a homeless man a pair of boots, but adds that today's lesson is "Be Careful What You Tweet For."
At least one user offered up a simple explanation for the failure, saying "Like, seriously guys. It's the Internet." (Via Twitter / @MattMarkiewicz)
The New York Times added that the department is not deterred, despite today's #myNYPD offerings. Spokesman Stephen Davis told The Times, "You take the good with the bad."Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:43:06 -0700
That’s right, the home of the Cubs, Da Bears, and the place where Second City was born is at the top of the charts.
The criterion was put together by the University of Colorado. Let’s be honest: Since the legalization of marijuana, they probably laugh at anything, but stick with me and we’ll see how they came to the conclusion.
The school's Humor Research Lab developed a formula that considered the following:
"We found humor often has a local flavor," lead researcher Peter McGraw told The Chicago Tribune.
The work says it’s that local flavor that leads those who live in the Windy City to poke fun at themselves.
"The jokes that Chicagoans do tend to tell often feature deadpan and quick-witted humor, much of it directed at the foibles and frustrations of living in Chicago," the study states.
"They prefer to mine observational humor from the situations in which they find themselves. Such remarks seem to fit with the city’s professional comedy scene, since the city is known as a mecca for improv and stand-up."
Finishing out the top five were Boston; Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; and Portland.
More here, including the rest of the Top 10.Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:59:36 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories