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March 14, 2014

Group touts social medium that promotes commonwealth


Somerset —

There is so much to do in Kentucky,” James added.
The project involves several social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 
It’s a state-wide movement, one that has garnered thousands of participants. 14,000 pictures have been posted to the Instagram account, which has more than 3,000 followers, and the Facebook account has more than 1,000 “likes.”
“This is growing daily,” said James. 
That’s a lot of participation from a project that began less than six months ago, in October 2013. 
“It was shocking,” said James. “It shows how you can change people’s perception through social media.”
And now, James and his team are asking that Somerset and Pulaski County residents join the movement. The “Explore Kentucky” organizers and participants are converging on Somerset today for the Kentucky Green Living Fair, now in its second year.
The “Explore Kentucky” team plans on taking in Somerset and all it has to offer, and they’re hoping to let locals know about the movement that has brought many of the most interesting and beautiful aspects of the state to the forefront of social media. 
“We’ve been drawn together from ‘Explore Kentucky,’” said James, about the group of approximately 40 people who plan to bring the project to Somerset today. “It’s really cool.”
James said they will be at the fair the whole day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and hope to feature a live projected feed of incoming pictures posted to the social media accounts. 
To participate in the project and post pictures of your own Kentucky travels — locally and state-wide, go to Twitter (you can find and follow the account by searching “ExploreKentucky”), Facebook (located at, and Instagram (you can locate the account by searching “Explore Kentucky” and users can post their pictures to the account by tagging their pictures with #explorekentucky). 

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