A Leeds-based Twitter account with a difference has marked its first birthday with a special party this week.
Kickstarting the #rotationcuration movement in the city, @peopleofleeds took an idea from the Swedish government (who allowed citizens to tweet from their official account) and gave the city an ever-changing, diverse voice.
Each week a new curator takes the account and spends seven days telling the world about living in Leeds. Sometimes uplifting, sometimes challenging, always honest.
Since its inception, @peopleofleeds has had 52 curators (with another 25 signed up for 2013), has made over 24,000 tweets, and has over 3,500 followers.
Founder Kirsty Ware, who lives in West Leeds and works for the council, said:
“We’ve been attributed as showing the world how #rotationcuration can be done, with a current estimation of 83 similar projects in progress. We have followers from New York to New Zealand, as well as closer to home with hundreds of local people tuning in to find out more about their city.”
This week’s celebration included an opportunity to meet with past and future curators as well as to find out more about the project itself.