Good morning and happy February to those of you still keeping track of what month it is. To those of you who are feeling like me and can’t seem to understand if time is moving insanely fast, or failing to move at all—welcome.
Today I introduce to you: #TrendingTuesday! A new feature to The Learning Curve to keep you up-to-date on some weird stuff humans do overnight. Each Tuesday morning, you can expect a live report on a trending topic from the night before.
The idea came to me because here in Jacksonville, Florida, it has been significantly chillier than usual. Sure, it beats what the rest of my family is experiencing back home in Indiana, but I’ll die swearing that the temperature outside truly impacts my mood and, one thing is for sure, I hate being cold. Thus, I have not been working outside as much which, for whatever reason, always makes me write more clearly. Therefore, as I sat down to write for you—I had no ideas. Zero.
Procrastinating, “brainstorming”, however-you-want-to-phrase-it, I ended up on Twitter at exactly 11:59 p.m. January 31, 2022, and I am here to report that the #3 trending topic on Twitter as the clock struck midnight was #barkingspace.
What is a #barkingspace? Why is this a trending topic on Twitter? What did you miss while you were asleep? Here’s what I know:
Twitter recently came out with a new feature for the app called “spaces.” Any user can host or join a “space,” and, basically, they are live audio-chat rooms. Spaces are being used to discuss anything from TV shows to conspiracy theories to simply asking for recommendations on household products.
#barkingspace started growing when someone (currently unsure who) hosted a space and proceeded to host their own “barking contest.” Other Twitter users filled into the “space”—a live-time chat room that allows users to talk, listen and react with emojis, all while still being able to scroll through live tweets.
Twitter users quickly hopped on board the #barkingspace and, soon enough, the host was ranking the best barks by performance. At some point along the journey, a cash prize of $100 was set for the winning contestant.
From what I’ve gathered (and, remember, this is live on the scene) eventually, “backstories” came into discussion and the overall ranking of a bark was no longer just how it sounded, but also took into consideration the backstory of the “dog.” People are so weird.
Now, in reference to the first link: “POV: You’re Rue’s dog and you got into the drug suitcase.”
If you do not know who Rue is—she is the beloved main character, played by Zendaya, of the trending TV show Euphoria. While, you do not need to understand the show at all to understand the concept of #barkingspace, it would make sense that you are curious about all the references to the show.
Here is what happened in Sunday night’s episode *spoilers*:
Rue (Zendaya) is a high schooler with a drug abuse problem. Currently, in season two, she is working with a renowned drug dealer in the area in order to make some extra cash. The only problem, though, is Rue has moments of weakness where she is tapping into the drug supply she is supposed to be selling to the public. Viewers know this is cause for a huge climax (soon) as the tensions build and Rue’s abuse starts happening in higher doses. Her supply, that she keeps stored in a suitcase, is slowly but surely dwindling by no fault but her own.
The reason this show, the suitcase and #barkingspace are all related is because, supposedly, one contestant last night made the comment that they were going to create a bark that sounds like if Rue’s dog got into her drug suitcase—weird, again, I know. See the tweet here.
*Side note: I am 80% confident there is a scene in the show where one of the characters is making a strange barking noise, but I watched the most recent episode a second time and can confirm, there is no such scene in season two episode four—this further confirms that #barkingspace originated on the Twitter platform; it was not a “trending topic” simply because of the show.
As most #trending topics do, this fad will dwindl down and fade away to nothing just as quickly as it existed. For the time being, though, this is the information I know on the topic and encourage you to comment any other information you may have that is not included in this article.