It was the busiest #harboroughhour to date last night as people chatted away on Twitter about all things #Harborough.
Some very useful statistics provided by Infonote DataSystems (@InfonoteDS) revealed that the hour had a reach of just under 60,000 people.
Topics touched upon included the recent traffic jams in town, wind turbine concerns at Naseby, this week’s free parking bonanza at the Sainsbury’s car park, new business launches, home brewing, the possible release of the new iPhone and the secretive flashmob that was alluded to last Wednesday [editor’s note: no longer a flashmob but something a bit different].
Market Harborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce (@MHCOTC) floated the idea of Harborough hosting a soap-box derby challenge.
There were also several pictures posted; of the roadworks in Coventry Road from Sunday morning and an intriguing photo from Mail senior reporter Ian O’Pray (@IanOPray) of a chalk body outline which is residing on the pavement outside the Specsavers store in St Mary’s Place. The outline is part of the store’s marketing for a gangster-themed day in town on September 7.
There was even a tweet sent all the way from Florida in the USA from ex-pat Harborian Dom (@iLoxy) who said: “Two years ago I left Harborough to live in sunny Florida. Still keep up with Harb news via the Harborough Mail online and HFM news.”
Overall, as per Infonote, there were 80 original tweets sent, 51 ‘@’ messages, 53 re-tweets and 184 total interactions between 8pm and 9pm with people using the #harboroughhour hashtag.
It said the overall reach, which is to say how many people could possibly have seen the tweets, was just under 60,000.
Some of the people taking part (apologies to anyone missed off the list but it is frenetic on there and easy to miss people off) were: Infonote DataSystems, Lisa Jolly from Aylesworth Fleming East Midlands, Zest Communications, John M Woodford from Greenhouse Vegetarian Catering, Creator Supreme (aka @wrightski71), Orange Juice PR, Robin Braford, Welton’s Deli of Great Bowden, Garry Aston of Caged Fish web design, property firm Northwood Harborough, Social Media Awards (@SocialMediaAwds), new business Company Data Centre (@CompanyDataC), Market Harborough Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Tactical Safety Ltd, Mail senior reportaper Ian O’Pray, UK Beer Day, Karen Atkins from Chorley firm www.registrationmarks.co.uk, Borough Alliance Football Club, the inimitable Jon Pollard (@hippy_jon), Local Wedding Connections and Liza Julian from Travel Advisor,
The #harboroughhour initiative was launched on July 4 and gives Twitter users an opportunity to air their views on any #Harborough subjects they like or to give their businesses a plug. It runs from 8pm until 9pm every Wednesday.
Mail deputy editor Alex Blackwell, who monitored the Mail Twitter account during last night’s hour, said: “It was a real hive of activity last night and there were some great tweets being sent. There was at least one #harboroughhour tweet being sent every minute.
“Onwards and upwards; hopefully it keeps gathering pace.”
Story by Alex Blackwell
Follow Alex on Twitter, @BlackwellHarb.