News

This page is created to inform you about project updates. News about @Netherlanders is not posted through the Twitter account itself, as that is the stage of the Netherlander in charge that week and we don’t want to interfere with that.

AUGUST 16TH, 2020

Last night for the first time in the history of the account we have prematurely discontinued a @Netherlanders’ curation week (not counting the one other case where the curator did not show up). As expected, some people agree, some don’t. Therefore, a little elaboration on this action.

Ever since we started this account 8 years ago we have tried to select curators that would paint an as complete as possible picture of our cute little country. One of the aspects that color this picture of The Netherlands is politics. Although realizing how delicate this subject is we have therefore selected curators on both sides of the political spectrum during the last couple of years.

In all these years we have carefully monitored the tweets by our curators, especially when people would inform us via DM or email about content that might be ‘over the edge’. Although some tweets have previously been ‘on the edge’ this was the first time when a tweet was actually displaying content that was punishable by law. Examples of this punishable fact can be found on the internet (e.g. on this Dutch article https://www.gelderlander.nl/berkelland/boete-voor-achterhoeker-die-politie-uitscheldt-op-facebook~ac588463/) This was reason enough for us to discontinue this week’s curator’s week.

We would like to stress that this was not an easy decision. It was also not an easy decision to nót take action on earlier occasions during the weeks of other curators. You can believe us when we say that we have been close on doing this in the past. But because censoring on the account is the last thing we want, we have not done so until now.

We have always encouraged people to interact with the curator of that moment if you disagree with his/her/their opinion. When people have contacted us directly through DM or email we have always asked for examples of tweets that in their opinion were over the edge. Those examples either never came or were in our view within limits (I’m sure some of you will now start sending examples of tweets in the past, but you will understand that that is now too late).

Mentions on the account of yours truly at this moment are full of accusations concerning the idea that we do give a platform to tweeps with a more conservative perspective on life and shut down tweeps with more progressive points of view. I would like to stress that this is absolutely not the case. Everybody is welcome at the account as long as the few rules that we state are not being violated. These rules are clearly being stated in an instruction document each Netherlander receives prior to the start of their week and include (but are not limited to): no commercial activities, no berating people, groups or authorities or treating them unfairly in any other way, no (re)tweeting in Dutch.

On my personal account I have sincerely called upon you a couple of days ago to introduce us to potential candidates if you think they have something interesting to say about themselves or The Netherlands. This invitation still stands. You can do so via https://netherlanders.eu/candidate/

Elmer

JANUARY 5TH, 2017

For a while we used to refollow and unblock all former Netherlanders every monday morning. This is no longer the case. When a former Netherlander gets blocked he/she will remain blocked. This is done because some people were obnoxious, knowing they would be set free again the next week. We no longer wish to facilitate this behaviour.

JANUARY 4TH, 2016

We’ve introduced a new feature on the site: a map of all former Netherlanders. Check it out

august 7TH, 2013 (22:26)

As you might have noticed the main page does not show any tweets at the moment and neither do the individual archive pages. We are working on a fix. Beer with us.

February 10th, 2013 (23:53)

As per week 6 2013, contributors of the @Netherlanders account are allowed to follow other Twitter accounts (back). This way they can have more interactions with other people all over the world. Until today only the former contributors were followed in order to have an overview of who had been tweeting for @Netherlanders. When contributors start following people other than these former Netherlanders, this overview will be disturbed. In order to maintain this overview, a Twitter list has been created so one can still easily check out the Former Netherlanders.

november 18th, 2012 (23:56)

There seems to be something wrong with showing the archive content. We are using Storify for this page. An email has been sent to Storify for support.

September 13th, 2012 (22:41)

Toying with the idea to hand out the password of the @Netherlanders account to each new contributor. At the moment we’re using GroupTweet to post tweets through Direct Messages. Many contributors complain though about the unnatural way of having to send tweets and I agree with them. Furthermore, by using GroupTweet the conversation thread is no longer present. So when reading a reply by @Netherlanders you have no idea what he/she is replying to.
It is my assumption that other Curator accounts also provide the password bases on trust. We Netherlanders are known for our trustworthiness, so it’s time to put the ‘deed to the word’ as we always say.. Next week @MarcoBeenen can show us whether this is true or not.

september 9th, 2012 (21:59)

Another substitution: @Mathys will be replaced by @Hugovandijke coming week (week 37). Thanks Hugo!

September 2nd, 2012 (23:24)

We’ve found @marasok to take over this week. Thanks Sara for your quick reaction.

SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2012 (22:00)

You were all looking forward welcoming @lau_dri to the stage this week. However, as she has some sudden personal problems that she needs to address, we’re looking for someone to fill in for her at the moment. Of course Laura stills gets her week at Netherlanders.eu. We will try and find a suitable week for her soon.