Now Anybody Can "Become" Swiss
CHUR, Switzerland, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The little mountain village of Obermutten in Graubünden has been on
Facebook for a few days and is making an unusual promise. Anyone who
goes to http://www.facebook.com/obermutten and clicks on "like" can put his/her photo onto the Commune's official
notice board. By doing this, anybody anywhere in the world can "become
Swiss". After only three days, the village already has fifteen times
more fans than residents, and this number is growing by the day.
The identity pictures are printed out by a councillor and pinned up on
the noticeboard and the fans thus become part of the village community.
The eighty inhabitants - many still without an internet connection -
like to get to know their fans in this way. The village has been simply
swamped with fan applications. However, the Commune in the Graubünden
holiday region has undertaken to keep its promise. Now that the
noticeboard is already practically full, new fans are being posted on
the wall of a huge barn and the village council is looking for further
"Obermutten is developing a personal relationship with its guests. Here
it's not a question of the total volume, but of each individual one.
Why shouldn't this be the same for us in the internet?" asks Martin
Wyss, Mutten's village president. Already many people from all over the
world who would like to "become Swiss" are posted on the noticeboard or
The village president communicates with his fans in short video messages
in an extremely personal way and every day the fans can also find
themselves in a picture of the noticeboard.
Here are the video messages on YouTube:
SOURCE Graubuenden Ferien
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