#EastVanLove: The Story of a Little #Hashtag

The hashtag is a powerful binding agent; it leads to conversation, understanding, and discovery. In the case of #EastVanLove, the happenstance of a hashtag among people in multiple communities along Main St, the Drive, and onwards started a tweetup in February 2011. Fast-forward eight tweetups later, our most recent event, #EastVanLove 8: Journey to Now brought together two hundred people for a night of community learning, sharing, and narrative.  How does our online collectivity bring voices together?