Washbasins and Water Tanks Are the Social Media Networks For Villages

Washbasins and Water Tanks Are the Social Media Networks around Antigua Guatemala by Rudy A. Girón

Public laundry washbasins (sometimes river and lake shores) serve as the gathering place for news, gossip and community building through the interactions that take place there. In many places in Guatemala public washbasins could be considered the first news broadcasting sites or rural social media networks, similar to Facebook or Twitter for people with computers in mayor cities.

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  • Eli Orozco

    Ha, I’m very close to closing on a real estate deal to buy a restoration house in Antigua, and two and a half blocks or so from the house is this “Tanque La Union”  and I’ve just thought if it is something like that on the photograph.

  • Mollyl

    To Eli: Tanque La Union is indeed very similar to the pilas pictured in the photograph above. And what a great location to buy a house!!!