We’ve got Twitter. We’ve got problems.
So it was only a matter of time before the two collided behind that all-pervasive symbol of social networking the hashtag.
The inventors of Twitter never intended the hashtag to become a part of their uber-popular social networking website. It was a creation of the site’s users, who needed a convenient way to organize themselves; to find like-minded individuals across the world with whom they could share information, opinions, triumphs, gripes and yes problems.
We, the students of West Virginia University’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism Feature Writing class, recognized this phenomenon of public problem sharing and felt compelled to illuminate it.
So, in celebration of social networking, and in the vein of “This American Life,” we bring you 22 stories about problems, from the serious (#publicschoolproblems), to the sarcastic (#firstworldproblems) to the sort of silly (#morgantownbartenderproblems).
Please use the links below to peruse our problems, and share your feedback (constructive, please) using our own hashtag: #prnj420problems.