Countries across the globe have mandated remote working and home-based learning to stem the spread of COVID-19. With people staying home, millions worldwide are using Twitter to connect with family, friends, and colleagues; as well as to stay abreast of the latest developments regarding the pandemic.
Here are the different ways you can use Twitter as you #StayHome in Singapore:
1. Spread good vibes even when you #StayHome and #WFH
Social distancing can be tough, but through Twitter, people are finding ways to spread positivity by connecting with the community. While people may be physically isolated, they aren’t virtually.
Partake in the #DontRushChallenge, that is named and set to the song ‘Don’t Rush‘ by Young T and Bugsey ft. Headie One. The challenge highlights the solidarity in isolation, encouraging people to show off their best transformations from home attire to their going-out looks.
Twitter’s reply function lets you add on your own permutations of the challenge in an ongoing thread – so people can easily keep track. It’s no surprise that this challenge seems to be enjoyed by various groups of people.
— T.ash (@MermaidGemok) April 19, 2020
OMGOD SELMA HAHAHAHAHAHA CUTE LA BUDAK NI ???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/34lbeZmTt9
— Lightning Fist ⚡???????? (@MuhdRuzydi) April 15, 2020
2. The #KampungSpirit is alive and well
Singaporeans are coming together and keeping the community spirit alive. Check out the hashtag #SGUnited where people are sharing heartwarming Tweets and stories about healthcare workers and delivery workers spreading positivity across the community.
For example, Singaporeans sang ‘Home’ in unison on 25 April to cheer on healthcare and migrant workers while waving a torch from their windows and balconies. Whether clapping from their windows, doors or balconies, their Tweets showcased individual actions as a collective, rallying the community together.
First night of Ramadhan and blessed this man right here whoever you are.Seen a lot of tweets and post circulating about customers buying food for dispatch riders or other people and today I am one of them ???? pic.twitter.com/DyoXTPXXY8
— M&M (@malik_matin) April 23, 2020
— Ben Truscello 楚本寧 (@bentruscello) March 30, 2020
Sing along project in Sengkang!!
Someone actually played the song on their speaker!!! & I kinda got goosebump at this part where everyone sang along to the chorus ????#SingaporeTogether #SingTogetherSG #StayHomeForSG #SGUnited pic.twitter.com/DHk7N003EJ
— sheryl ???? (@kevinssunflower) April 25, 2020
People on Twitter can also browse through a variety of content through the hashtag #StayHome, where there are tons of content that will put a smile on your face.
One with the siblings for our dear frontliners! Thank you for your endless sacrifices & lets face these tough times together!????❤#singtogetherSG #SingaporeTogether #stayhomeforSG #covid19 #stayhome #circuitbreakersg #siblings #dEriyz #SGUnited pic.twitter.com/kp8xZ36uHS
— •ERYNN• (@ErynnEriynee) April 25, 2020
3. Never miss out on the latest credible news
In addition to lighthearted and heartfelt content, Twitter has partnered with Government agencies across Southeast Asia to provide timely and accurate updates on COVID-19 to the community.
In Singapore, Twitter has partnered with the Ministry of Health (@sporeMOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Updates shared along with Twitter’s search section would redirect users to MOH and WHO’s official website of COVID-19 for more information and access.
As of 11 May 2020, 12pm, we have preliminarily confirmed an additional 486 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore. Read more: https://t.co/EwvnDBNwqH
— Ministry of Health (@sporeMOH) May 11, 2020
Since the emergence and declaration of COVID-19 as a global public health emergency, Twitter has been working to connect people to the latest and accurate information on the situation and how they can protect themselves and their families from the pandemic.
On the COVID-19 events page, people on Twitter can find real-time updates from verified sources. To access the page, simply go to the Explore tab on desktop or go to the top of the home timeline for mobile users.
To see all of the latest steps Twitter is taking in response to COVID-19, visit covid19.twitter.com.
4. Find and share the best real-time information on COVID-19
Even in this difficult time of social distancing, online platforms are able to connect people and bring the community together. Here are some tips on how to use Twitter effectively:
- Follow trusted sources. Apart from the COVID-19 event page and government agencies highlighted above, make use of the dedicated COVID-19 search prompt to access content from credible sources.
- Turn on notifications for verified national and regional journalistic accounts. Get updated with the latest information and news around COVID-19 in a global, national, and regional context.
- Tweet, Retweet, and engage with content responsibly. Ensure the source of your information is credible. Do not misinform or be misinformed by sharing unverified messages or screenshots unless they have originated or been verified from an authoritative source. #ThinkBeforeYouShare
- Make your Tweets relevant. Use the most relevant hashtags in your Tweets to be able to join in the larger conversations. For example, #SGUnited is a suitable hashtag for Singaporeans.
- Customise your experience. Unfollow and/or block accounts from being able to follow you; and mute accounts, words, conversations, phrases, usernames, emojis, or hashtags that you do not wish to engage with. Protect your mental health by staying connected with your friends and family.