Today, #UNCCFollowTrain started trending worldwide after a Charlotte student, Pamela Rhodes, posted this seemingly innocuous tweet just before noon. Eight hours later, the hashtag began trending worldwide, and Rhodes became somewhat of a campus legend. According to the Tumblr page of WCNC-TV, the city’s NBC affiliate:
“I just transferred this semester,” said Pamela Rhodes, a.k.a. @PamgoinHAM, “There’s not a family feeling at UNCC. I wanted to meet more people.” She tried launching the #UNCCFollowTrain before, and got barely a peep. She has no idea why it took off this time. Maybe she’s met more people. Maybe she has more followers from UNC Charlotte. Either way, the hashtag spread across Twitter like wildfire. Pamela, a 20 year old political science major from Charleston, has 150 more followers than she did this morning.
Even the Charlotte football team as well as members of the athletic department have taken to the hashtag and used it as a rallying cry for support, especially with a busy sports week coming up around campus. It’s opened up a show of school spirit the likes of which fans, alumni and current students haven’t seen in some time.
And, of course, there’s this YouTube video, Charlotte’s own version of the Harlem Shake, starring Norm the Niner:
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