Curators of Sweden

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Curators of Sweden is a social media campaign initiated by Svenska Institutet and VisitSweden on Twitter. It launched December 10, 2011 with the main concept of a rotating spokesperson, or rather a curator, on the official Twitter account of Sweden, @sweden.

History[edit]

The concept originated December 10, 2011, when Svenska Institutet and VisitSweden launched Curators of Sweden.[1] The project hands the official Twitter account @Sweden to a new Swedish person every week to manage, with the expressed goal to manifest Swedish diversity and progressiveness through their own life, personality and views.[2]

The campaign has been widely reported in media around the world[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] and inspired the launch of many similar projects. The Twitter account @PeopleofLeeds started January 15, 2012, where citizens of Leeds represent their hometown. January 18, 2012, @WeAreAustralia and @TweetWeekUSA, followed by @CuratorsMexico and @BasquesAbroad January 21. All of these are unofficial accounts without governmental influence or sanctions, unlike @sweden. They have recently been given a concept name of Rotation Curation.

Curators of Sweden was created by the Swedish agency Volontaire. The project won The Golden Egg (Guldägget) on April 17, 2012, received gold in the Clio Awards on May 15, 2012, and was awarded Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions on June 20, 2012.[10]

Rotation Curation[edit]

Rotation Curation, also #RotationCuration, is a social media concept where official and unofficial projects, countries, cities, companies, cultural, and, or other types of groups rotate their spokespersons, curators, every week.

Initially most of these projects all had a location in common, which saw the creation of the concept Location Curation, with the hashtag #LocationCuration. When the idea spread to organisations unbound by location the expression was abandoned. Because of their common concept of rotating the holder of the account, people on Twitter decided to use the expression #RotationCuration, which was coined by the Twitter user @auldzealand on March 22, 2012.[citation needed]

List of past curators[edit]

So far the following users have curated the @Sweden account (sorted chronologically):[11]

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