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Wipe the ghetto off Federal Way's online presence | Letters

Closeup of the clock at the Federal Way Transit Center, with The Commons Mall and other downtown stores in the background. - Courtesy photo
Closeup of the clock at the Federal Way Transit Center, with The Commons Mall and other downtown stores in the background.
— image credit: Courtesy photo

We need some Ghetto-Be-Gone for Federal Way’s Facebook page. I’m calling out to all of you photographers. With your stunning photo of Federal Way, can you please improve Federal Way’s Internet presence?

Currently, Federal Way’s image is bleak. Under an oppressing sky sits the transit center’s stump clock, which overlooks a pixelated Commons. What businessman in their right mind would look at this picture of Federal Way and think “Wow! Dismal and depressing is so vogue right now. That looks like a great place to expand my financial empire!”

There are so many neat things about this city: rare plants at the botanical gardens, a view of Mt. Rainier from Celebration Park, the BPA Trail, or even architectural stunners like the Federal Way Regional Library and Weyerhaeuser. Photographers, please help show everyone how cool this city is, preferably in high resolution.

Here’s how to get your photo up. Facebook pulls cities’ information directly from Wikipedia. For those that don’t know, Wikipedia is an open source, free encyclopedia, and is also a heavily frequented website.

Since it is open source, anyone can create an account and enter information. That means if any of Federal Way’s citizens have an excellent photo, they can upload the information to Wikipedia. In turn, this will update Federal Way’s Facebook page. A new photo will emerge as a beacon to represent Federal Way.

Because your image is on Wikipedia and Facebook, people will inevitably steal your image. However, if you watermark your photo with your professional web address, your lovely image will get plenty of Internet traffic. Free advertising!

With a click and a whiz, you can wipe the ghetto right out of Federal Way’s Internet presence. I bet that feels as great as Tony the Tiger high off his Frosted Flakes.

Thank you, random photographer, for your talent and generosity. With your image, you have captured the modern culture and love of nature that is at the heart of Federal Way. Citizens and Internet enthusiasts alike appreciate your gift.

Laura Love, Federal Way

Editor's note: This is a link to the official City of Federal Way Facebook page. The Facebook page referred to in the letter above is also listed as an option when searching for Federal Way on the site.

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