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Stay informed, entertained, and connected with Twitter, #StayHome

by Grace Sundram

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 Malaysia:

Spread good vibes even when you #StayHome

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.

The #KampungSpirit is alive and well

Malaysians are coming together and keeping the community spirit alive. Check out the hashtag #KitaJagaKita where people are sharing heartwarming Tweets and stories about healthcare workers and delivery workers, spreading positivity across the community. For example, Malaysians showed their appreciation for delivery riders and healthcare workers by ordering extra meals or collecting contributions to buy them food. This showcased individual actions as a collective, rallying the community together.

People on Twitter can also browse through a variety of content through the hashtag #DudukRumahchallenge, where there are lots that will put a smile on your face.

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 Malaysia, Twitter has partnered with the Ministry of Health Malaysia (@KKMPutrajaya) and the MyHEALTH Portal – the prompt points people to its official website of Covid-19 and MyHEALTH’s official website of Covid-19

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.

Find and share the best real-time information on COVID-19

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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, #KitaJagaKita is a suitable hashtag for Malaysians.

● Customise your experience. Unfollow accounts, 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.

Most importantly, stay safe and #StayHome. Through Twitter, we’re able to catch up with friends, participate in the latest #StayHome challenges, keep up-to-date on the latest developments and more.

Picture by Yucel Moran

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