Dialogue 2.0 Style

More and more people are using social networks. In recent weeks, comments on the beauty, the riches and the importance of preserving the French language poured in by the dozens on the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s (RVF) French Facebook page! As I type-up this post, we are more than 2500 RVF Facebook fans. I suspect that this is just the beginning of a new dialogue, 2.0 style! (Please click here to visit the RVF’s English Facebook page.)

Gone are the days when we learned all the town gossip and news on the front steps of the village’s church after Sunday morning mass. Now we can spy on our contacts from the comfort of our living room, or better yet, between meetings on the office computer!

In today’s society, the role social networks play in unifying common interests and providing opportunities of freedom of expression is well recognised.

Inspiring comments

The RVF exists primarily to provide Canadians of all backgrounds to share their love of the French language. After reading the comments recently published by visitors on the RVF’s French Facebook page, I can see the full extent to which these tools of communication open doors to new dialogue. With this new dialogue, the RVF’s 2012 theme, "Understanding builds a better future", fulfills its meaning. Here are some comments worth mentioning:

  • « Très belle langue que notre langue. Soyons-en fiers. Vive le français! » -Thérèse Beaulieu
  • « La langue française est ma langue seconde; ce n'est pas ma langue maternelle, mais bien une langue que j'ai choisie. Je suis ravi que vous travailliez pour encourager le rayonnement de cette langue des plus élégantes. » -William Raillant-Clark
  • « La plus belle langue au monde. La nôtre… » -Lorraine Denault.
  • « La vraie langue des amoureux selon moi. » -Jean Louines Doresca

Who are we?

Who are the RVF’s Facebook page users? Where do they come from? A quick glance at the page’s statistics tells us that more than the majority of our fans are women. In fact, they represent two-thirds of all RVF users, which begs the question: where are the men? Is it because women are more in love with the French language than men? Gentlemen come forward!

Obviously, the majority of the page’s visitors are from Canada, but there are also users from France, the United States, Tunisia, Algeria and Senegal.

In addition to Facebook, the RVF is active on Twitter. Keep informed about the Francophonie in Canada and around the world by joining us @RVFrancophonie. If you're reading this post, it means that you have already discovered the RVF blog. The blog is yet another way in promoting dialogue with the utmost respect for the French language. There are now plenty of opportunities to explore the French language and create our own virtual get-togethers.

Oh! I must sign off; I can hear the church bells chiming, which means that it’s time to get cought-up on all the news and gossip! Wait a minute! That’s not church bells but my Facebook cell phone alarm!

Philippe Daoust