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Dear Roc Royal,

I had never heard of you until your music group, Mindless Behavior, took over a Twitter hashtag that’s important to my fair city.

Apparently, you’ve had a birthday (Happy Birthday), you’re living life to its fullest and you think you have a way with the ladies. That’s very nice.

The problem is all of your followers retweet you thousands of times, clogging up the #ROC Twitter feed. This is an important feed to Rochester residents. While some Rochesterians tweet about what they ate for lunch (garbage plates, naturally), other people tweet news, information, pictures and items of interest to the broad community.

In addition to breaking news, we need this feed to know if it’s raining, if there’s traffic, if there’s an earthquake (it happens), if there’s a new exhibit at MAG, if my favorite restaurants have specials and if the mayor said something funny today (he does that on occasion).

I realize there’s no way to legally register a hashtag. If we could, Rochesterians would have a good case.

1. We were here first. The first settlers came in 1812.

2. Our airport’s code is ROC.

3. Our daily newspaper has 1,245 sections that start with ROC.

4. The first three letters of Rochester start with ROC.

5. The names of all new businesses and young professional groups start with ROC.

6. You may have more followers than we have residents within city limits, but we kick your butt when you include the entire Rochester region.

7. We rock.

Thank you for consideration.


Rachel Barnhart

P.S. Can you pass this on to Mariah Carey, who named her son Roc and some guy named Freestyle? Thanks again!

7 Responses to We Own the #ROC

  1. July 24, 2012 at 5:12 pm Michael Bloch responds:

    Thanks for sticking up for #ROC. There should be a hashtag registry.

  2. July 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm Jill Kemp responds:

    Love it!

  3. Preach On Sister . . . You are right on every line. Love this blog btw and the mindless behavior crap is very annoying to say the least . . . don’t know who they are and don’t care to know . . .

  4. We should use #ROCH. I don’t “get” the ROC business. I know it is the airport code, but ROC has a hard letter ‘c’ while Rochester has a ‘ch’ sound.

  5. July 25, 2012 at 8:47 am zubalove responds:

    We aren’t changing a thing. I have it a good authority that Rochester will outlast Mindless Behavior. Boy bands NEVER last. And yes, I’m looking at you Donnie Wahlberg. I had such high hopes for you after Band of Brothers……

  6. July 25, 2012 at 9:57 am Chris responds:

    From the pic on the official site, that one kid looks like he has the Google Gmail icon on the side of his head.

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