As part of the global trend, ‘Our Story’, better known as ‘Snapchat Live’, the Egyptian capital city, Cairo, was featured on Monday, only to be met with an uproar from hundreds of disappointed Tweeps.
A year ago, the ‘Our Story’ feature was introduced by the video messaging application Snapchat, with the purpose of providing the users with a platform to publicly share their personal coverage of events or cities. Consequently, the feature posed as a rival to the mainstream media and their selective perspective in portraying different peoples, cities and cultures globally.
Following the hashtag #CairoOnSnapChat, Twitter seemed to reap more responses to the story than the actual influx which took place on Snapchat. Among the 1,500 tweets shared, responses varied between shame, disappointment and a great deal of resentment for how Cairo was represented to the global users of the phone application.
— ماهمود اززات (@ModaEzzatME) August 4, 2015
Reads: “The number of Tweets have exceeded the number of Snaps! We like to be different!”
*بيتنازل عن الجنسية المصرية* #CairoOnSnapchat
— mariem (@mariemsherif884) August 4, 2015
Reads: “*Revokes Egyptian nationality*”
Most of the Tweeps criticized how the submissions failed to show a more presentable side of Cairo, saying that their hometown holds much more beauty than what was featured on Snapchat.
— Ahmed (@Galala__) August 4, 2015
Reads: “If they had shared a picture of Cairo like this, what would have happened?”
However, between expressing shame, and mocking the Egyptian accent in the videos shared, the Snapchat story attracted a wide conversation over classism, societal integration and how some Egyptian view their country, or like to view it.
#CAIROONSNAPCHAT on Twitter shows how classist Egyptians can be and how isolated the sectors of society are
— Ola Rashed (@OlaRashed) August 3, 2015
عندي مشكله عميقه مع المستفذيين هنا اللي بينتقضوا الناس علي #CairoOnSnapchat محسسني ان مش ده مصر ولا ان ده الحقيقه و ان احنا لازم نعيش fake
— Eslam Fouad (@IamE50) August 3, 2015
Reads: “I have a deep issue with the provocative people on Twitter who are criticizing those on #CairoOnSnapChat. As if this weren’t Egypt, that none of this is true, and that we all have to be fake.”
Nevertheless, as the story continued to roll on, more users joined in the conversation, but this time, they appreciated the humor with a lighter heart than their previous peers.
Egyptians teach the world how to share their culture with humor #CairoOnSnapchat
— Farouk Al-atmas (@Al_atmas) August 3, 2015
And of course, the number one favorite was…