The Iranian Revolution and the "Twitter Effect"

  • silverfox

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    Jun 18, 2009 6:51 PM GMT

    If what I have been reading is accurate, then we are witnessing a historical shift in the dynamics of how people can amass, and control events based on social networks such as Twitter.

    http://www.canada.com/technology/Iran+latest+revolution+twitter/1708258/story.html

    Is Twitter evolving in such a way that it now can influence the outcome of a revolution? Or is the "Twitter Effect" being blown out of proportion?

    What do you think?

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    Jun 18, 2009 6:56 PM GMT
    silverfox1 saidIs Twitter evolving in such a way that it now can influence the outcome of a revolution? Or is the "Twitter Effect" being blown out of proportion?

    Likely being blown out of proportion. The same thing has been said about the Internet, until oppressive governments shut it down or severely restricted it, like China is doing. Twitter is only getting attention because it's the newest, and ways to curtail it haven't yet been developed. They will be, and then Twitter will be silenced when governments wish, it's effect on events greatly diminished.
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    well, maybe not just Twitter. But obviously the ability of ordinary people to transmit pics, vids, and text messes with a state's ability to control information.
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    Jun 18, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
    In the words of Steven Colbert

    OMG, Just bought the cutest Hijab, totally deserve it icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 18, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
    MsclDrew saidIn the words of Steven Colbert

    OMG, Just bought the cutest Hijab, totally deserve it icon_lol.gif


    Haha.

    Obama's campaign success was heavily attributed to viral internet marketing. Not the only thing, but I send messages on the .gov websites all the time.

    I know that one person cannot really make a difference, in theory, but if the collective is doing the same, it can certainly have a huge influence; in a way it is mass communication gone wild, but bottom up not top down.

    I find it intriguing, and now be careful what you ask for!!! Haha

    Check it out...

    http://marketingblog.net/2009/03/25/obama-town-hall-whats-really-on-peoples-minds-marijuana/
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    Jun 18, 2009 10:08 PM GMT
    silverfox1 said
    If what I have been reading is accurate, then we are witnessing a historical shift in the dynamics of how people can amass, and control events based on social networks such as Twitter.

    http://www.canada.com/technology/Iran+latest+revolution+twitter/1708258/story.html

    Is Twitter evolving in such a way that it now can influence the outcome of a revolution? Or is the "Twitter Effect" being blown out of proportion?

    What do you think?



    Even if it is being blown out of proportion...I think we are definitely witnessing humanity's methods of communication (in general) evolve...never has news of events ever spread so fast...
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    Jun 18, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    i disagree with vespa. the twitter effect is just an extension of the recorded audio tapes that were used during the first islamic revolution. not to mention that the tienanmen square protests were organized using the internet. it may just be the most recent, but it's adding to the list of networking tools that are reshaping the world as we know it.
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    Jun 18, 2009 10:27 PM GMT
    i may have misspoken, i thought i remembered something from my comparative government class. thought i remembered that the students used email to communicte, but could have been wrong.
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    Jun 19, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    I don't think its usefulness is being blow too far out of proportion. It has become a tool of choice because it is easy to use, well recognized and succinct by nature. The same thing could be accomplished by any other social networking site, but probably not so quickly and efficiently. Speed and reach are the names of the game and Twitter wouldn't be the preferred mode of communication if it wasn't filling the bill.
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    Jun 19, 2009 2:42 AM GMT
    jprichva saidTiananmen Square took place in 1989. I don't think the internet was around then, or at least not in widespread use. There were limited networks, like Prodigy and Compuserve, but I think the web came about in the mid-90s.

    It was around, but played no role in China during Tiananmen. I was actually using the text-based military predecessor to the Internet nearly 10 years earlier. My first home use of the Internet began in 1988 with PC Link, a network that provided a limited port to the Internet, primarily for email. I went through a series of providers that included Apple's eWorld and AOL.

    The first true Internet browser I used was Netscape Navigator beginning in Dec, 1994, and that's when the Internet really came into being for most people in the US. The rest, as they say, is history.
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    Jun 19, 2009 3:31 PM GMT


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    Jun 19, 2009 5:05 PM GMT
    totally....its a whole new world in case you haven't noticed with a black president and the old world.sbiggest corp. ,GM, bankrupt.
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    Jun 19, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    Alpha13 saidtotally....its a whole new world in case you haven't noticed with a black president and the old world.sbiggest corp. ,GM, bankrupt.


    Is he black? I have always thought he was white, from Ireland, no?..icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 20, 2009 12:31 AM GMT
    Twitter - yes. It's a bit crap.

    The internet generally - no way. It's transforming lives.
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    Jun 20, 2009 4:44 AM GMT
    The "Twitter Effect" is being blown out of proportion.

    Before Twitter, there were blogs. Before there were blogs, there were usenet forums. Before there were usenet forums, there were BBS boards. Before there were BBS boards, there were underground newspapers. And so on.

    If any of you nerds have friends/contacts in Iran, you can do them a big solid by offering them VPN or proxy access to your server so that they can freely get the message out on to their Twitter | Facebook | Flickr | Blogspot | whatever accounts.

    Eventually Iran will block outside VPN and proxy connections, so might as well let your buddies send out as much as they can right now.