Tweeters Go Green in support of Iran elections

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Twitter has emerged as the platform of choice for infomation about the recent political unrest that has gripped Iran. With International media banned from the streets of Tehran in wake of the recent elections, some Irananians have turned to the real time social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Flick and Youtube to ensure facts get out.

Twitter is getting out important messages that main stream media can’t – security forces firing on crowds, and blood soaked protesters in pain from bullet wounds. To check the latest tweets on Iran Elections use # hashtag iranelections on Twitter.

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The importance of Twitter’s role in the current crisis is such that the website decided to postpone a planned maintenance of the site, which would have taken it offline for 90 minutes when hundreds of new tweets are being added every minute. Twitter users wordwide turned their avtaar ( profile picture ) to add a shade of green in support of the Iranian people and their fight for a fair election.

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According to a CNN blog post, the U.S. government is connecting with Twitter and other major social media companies to make sure that the flow of information from Iran remains uninterrupted. While the Obama administration itself keeping out of the Iran controversy on official channels, it is making sure that information coming from people on the ground is getting through to the rest of the world.

The site also revealed that the US State Department asked Twitter not to go down at its original time last night in order to allow Iranians to tweet out what’s happening in their cities. It also seems that U.S. officials are watching the chatter on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and elsewhere to keep updated with the situation in Iran. Social media communication is even more important, since the U.S. has no embassy or official relationship with Iran.

Is live blogging and citizen journalism changing the dynamics of traditional media and journalism ? With Twitter racing ahead of Digg and NYtimes.com , the power to communicate and broadcast is in the hands of the common man.

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  • David@Photographer June 17, 2009, 2:13 pm

    It’s amazing that social networking sites, which seem in some ways like gimmicks and toys are able to deliver power to the people.

  • Ste@Free iPod June 17, 2009, 3:03 pm

    I agree with David. Social networking sites are seen as ‘just for fun’, but this has highlighted the important they can play in the world.

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      Yes they had play an important roll in this world. We can use these kind of site in different way. lets make this different in positive way.

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    Nice to know that a lot of people are starting to care about what’s happening in other countries, not just in their own. I think social networking sites have something to do with that, too.

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      We can’t rest in our house if our neighbor are catch fire. Today world is a global village and we all attached with each other.

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        @Bubba Moe

        You are right, the world indeed is a global village and the best part is we feel pain and sorrow of people across the global no matter where we live.
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    • ZK@Web Marketing Blog June 18, 2009, 7:59 pm

      @ Color Printing

      The web has made this world a smaller place and Twitter has shrunk it further making us all a part of real time happenings across the world.
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    Social networking sites are also very useful for grouping,public opinion and polls.

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      Agreed even i saw facebook also floated with political news ….its the power of the Social community …

  • Seaward June 17, 2009, 10:07 pm

    Nice post about the crisis of Iran. This is a major problem now these day this new becoming in headlines. Its good that Twitter users wordwide turned their avtaar ( profile picture ) to add a shade of green in support of the Iranian people and their fight for a fair election.

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    The Iran elections is a joke and they are trying to stop the flow of information onto the web, hope twitter can help them
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    This is a really astonishing time and we should support these people all we can

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      Yes we have to do this its our moral duty and we must have do it. Today they are effected with it in future we can. so we must have go for it.

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    Good old twitter, anything to keep it in the forefront of the news.

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    This is possibly one of the most exciting uses of social networking that I have seen.

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    wow.. so the Government is able to see what the Iranians are “tweeting” and that can help journalism? That definately is an amazing use of social networking and shows the power it has

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    Nice work. Twitter has become the platform of choice for news. Doesn’t surprise me the Iran turmoil is front and center on Twitter.
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    good to see the politics are moving in social network sites …Interesting

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      This is another way to that they can directly connect with public. Its also good for us we can personally ask them any question.

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    Yes I have been watching the news as they inform us of what is going on over in Iran. It is truly terrible, the political corruption. Its amazing that twitter has gone green in support. Yes I agree with everyone else, while social networking sits are mainly for fun, they can play important roles as well. As a side note, if you have seen, the Iranian football team wore green bracelets in support as well.

    -Randy

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    No doubt! Twitter is spreading it’s popularity like anything. It is among the one of the best social media platform or you can say it becomes the no. 1 platform for news & any social updates.

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    I can nto understand why the Iran government have to block sites such as twitter, these people sould be free to share their stories on the Iran elections.

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      It will be ban on journalism because Tweeter is a new age of journalism.

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    Yes, twitter is really amazing for news or some social updates as it is growing well nowadays and it became a good plateform for news.

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    there will always be a way round e countries that ban sites such as twitter

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    This election was an important one around the world. Twitter is really gracious to have harbored such as something like this indeed.
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  • Chuggin@french press bodum June 26, 2009, 3:18 pm

    so that pretty much just proves that Twitter has another social media use if they are getting reports from Iran that nobody else is getting. Pretty revealing. it’s interesting that US officials are relying on Twitter for their info!

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    This is a major problem now these day this new becoming in headlines.

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    Really interesting new about social networking site. Those sites are not for fun…

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    not just in their own. I think social networking sites have something to do with that, too.

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    Twitter is really playing a key role in the social networking, its only a social media which have given breaking news, updates about Iran crises, where no other media is reached or failed to spread news. Twitter is there & its community is getting more popularity day by day. Twitter services are great. Social networking sites that have twitter support are updated regularly . Enjoy with Twitter.

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    WOW!

    Good to know that this internet features gets involved of this important thing.

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    Twitter is amazing , I heard somewhere that they were a nominee for nobel peace prize because of this.

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    Yeah that sure is right everyone must contribute to these even a little. Spreading the news to the whole world as it is important that everyone is informed about this. Social media site have played a great role on information dissemination and they would surely play a more major rule to the future.