Social Media Matters: Vintage Moncton site delights local historians

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Feb. 3, 2012
Metro section

Vintage Moncton site delights local historians

If you’re a fan of old Metro Moncton-area photos, then you’ll love a new Facebook page that’s become very popular in the last few months – Vintage Moncton. The page was founded and is managed by Ryan Gagné and has about 400 photos, so far. (There is also a companion non-Facebook website here.)

With more than 2,000 members (or ‘likes’), this group is a veritable treasure trove of area history.

Whether you’re an amateur historian or just want to take a walk down memory lane, you’ll likely finding yourself spending a lot time here.

Moncton 1890s
Moncton in the 1890s (Photo courtesy of Trish Young / Vintage Moncton)

Each photo seems to generate a lot of discussion, too, which is always very interesting.

Although there are some photos of individuals, Vintage Moncton concentrates primarily on structures and landscapes. Old photos of Main Street and St. George Street are always popular, as are photos of long-gone local landmarks, including the ‘flying saucer’ on Mountain Road that was once used as a pizza place and the ticket office for the 1980 Air Canada Silver Broom held in Moncton, the old Palace Grill and Blue Circle restaurants on Main Street and photos of areas before they were fully developed, including the areas around Champlain Place, Lewisville and Sunny Brae.

If you’re a senior who loves local history, grew up in Moncton and have been contemplating getting a computer, I can guarantee you that Vintage Moncton will be worth the investment. You’ll be sure to find many happy memories there.

Misinterpreted tweet causes trouble

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is not known for its sense of humour at the best of times, and Irish national Leigh Van Bryan found this out the hard way recently, according to Jan. 31 BBC News report.

Before heading to the U.S. on vacation, 26-year-old bar manager Bryan tweeted, ‘Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.’  The word ‘destroy’ in this sense can be interpreted two ways. You’re actually going to destroy America by inflicting terrorist damage, or you’re heading there to have a lot of fun.

When you ‘destroy’ something, it can mean you’re just going to take full advantage of something.

‘I went to the sale at Sears and just destroyed it.’ This means you just spent a lot of money and got some good deals.

When he was called out on his tweet by officials at the airport in Los Angeles, Bryan could not convince them that they misinterpreted what he wrote and he was promptly shipped back overseas to Europe.

According to BBC, Bryan said, ‘The Homeland Security agents were treating me like some kind of terrorist. I kept saying they had got the wrong meaning from my tweet.’ Unfortunately for Bryan, the U.S.

Department for Homeland Security flagged his tweet before he travelled to Los Angeles and had flagged him if he ever tried to enter the country.

When he did try, he was shipped right back home.

The moral of the story? It’s probably not a good idea to use the term ‘destroy America’ in a tweet if you ever expect to be allowed into the United States. In this post 9/11 world, ‘Big Brother’ is definitely watching – and he doesn’t think it’s funny!

Teens finding privacy on Twitter

Learn the language your teens use online!
Learn the language your teens use online!

According to a Jan. 30 MSNBC report, some teens are heading to Twitter and away from Facebook in an effort to hide from parents and others who may be overseeing their Facebook activity. As 17-year-old Britteny Praznik tweeted, ‘I love twitter, it’s the only thing I have to myself … cause my parents don’t have one.’ So, parents, yet another new social network for you to learn!

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Each week, I suggest three YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current as of Jan. 31.

1) wedgem (15 subscribers): Michel Wedge of Moncton is an avowed fan of the Petitcodiac River and has been fascinated by the tidal bore all his life. So, what does one do when they’re fascinated with something? Why, make videos, of course! Wedge’s YouTube channel hosts videos of the arrival of the tidal bore in Metro Moncton on various dates as well as after specific lunar stages. (Most popular video: Super Moon Petitcodiac River Tidal Bore@Riverview, March 19, 2011, 10:22 A.M. – 6,555 views.)

2) Capture Your Flag (1,232 subscribers): According to its description, this channel ‘interviews tomorrow’s leaders today to provide you a more approachable means to develop and further your aspirational career.’ There are nearly 1,500 videos uploaded to the channel – an incredible number despite the relatively low number of subscribers. Video categories (or ‘playlists’) include continuing education, liberation, presence, priority setting, decision making, parental influence, academic influences, as well as reflection. (Most popular video: How to Identify Your Passion and Create Results From It – Simon Sinek – 36,274 views.)

3) ( – 1,189 subscribers): This channel is a companion to the support grouplike website that serves as a gathering place for plus-sized women. According to founders Kim and Terri, their website is ‘all about creating a safe and happy place – a virtual community where plus size, former plus size women, as well as their friends and loved ones, can grow, share, learn and support each other through this crazy ride called life.’ Videos include tips on support, fashion and diet. (Most popular video: 2 Big Women On A Couch Welcome -23,414 views.)

One Response to Social Media Matters: Vintage Moncton site delights local historians

  1. Love the Vintage Moncton Site….I am the administrator and creator of 3 different facebook pages on local history for Northern NB , the Dalhousie are, I live in Moncton but my hometown history has always been something important to me…Whoever started the Vintage Moncton page,,, Thank you for sharing !!! I love it