With the highest number of Facebook users in Central America and a Twitter population growing by the thousands every month, social media can be a great place to find out what’s buzzing in Guatemala. Of course, there’s also a whole lot of nonsense posted online too, but at XelaWho we like nonsense so here are some of last month’s social media trends, with the interesting & the informative alongside the vacuous & the ludicrous.

Aside from the usual torrent of Tuiteros (Guatemalan Twitter users) jumping up and down about every third rate game of fútbol Europeo that ESPN 13 cares to air, Guatemalan social media was buzzing with actual news and events all December long. First up was the huge revelation by the Guatemalan national congress that it is considering a change to the national Civil Code to legalize gay marriage here in Guatemala. Guatemalan’s with a social media account flooded to #matrimoniogay to express pretty solid support for the idea (even Darth’s on board: see page opposite). Unfortunately, there were also widespread protests led mainly by evangelical groups. It’s far from decided but the legislative move is getting multiparty support so we’ll see what happens in 2017.

December 15th is a super happy day for many contracted Guatemalan employees who get a Christmas “bono” from their workplace which is usually equivalent to one or two months wages so it’s nothing to be sniffed at. This long-held tradition helps many Guatemalan families make it through the expensive holiday period (read: buy lots of ridiculously expensive frozen yogurts for each other at Pradera). Many are not happy though because only some workplaces and some classes of employees get the bonus (see meme opposite). So angry workers who missed out took to #nomasbonos to whinge about getting stiffed. Fair enough eh.

Social media is also fast becoming a highly visible expression of Guatemalan feminism. The hashtag #ElFeminismoLibera (Feminism frees….) was the top trending hashtag early on in December. @anagonzalezlcs said that it frees women “de los estereotipos que nos esclavizan (from the stereotypes that enslave us). And @marcelinomusus said from “sexual taboos.” In the short years since this editor started writing for XelaWho in 2012 (wow, getting old), social media has turned from a place that gets dissidents “disappeared” to a fairly liberating space for self expression. Cheers to you Tuiteros Chapines… Check out some of the most used words on twitter on the opposite page.

Guatemalan Tuiteros also got online to give their #PropositoTuitero2017 (Twitter Promise 2017). @yosoy_tonito wants to be a “tuiterstar.” Good luck Tonito… we shall see. @WRadioguate says he’ll do “no mas stalkeo” (you can translate that one yourselves). And @UnaArrobaM wants to “pensar antes de escribir un tuit..” (think before Tweeting) eh… @realDonaldTrump @PresidentElect.

And so ends 2016… make sure you go on and tweet at #SeFueEl2016Y (2016 is gone) and share you 2 cents of meandering idiocy like @CGarcia_FM who said, 2016 is gone and “solo hice puras pendejadas” (I only did idiotic shit). We believe you C. Garcia.

See you in 2017 Xela!

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