Twitter And Other Social Media Gives “Power To The People”
News organizations around the world are beginning to have more respect for social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook, specially after this weekend’s elections in Iran.
Millions of tweets circulated the globe disseminating news to the masses about the aftermath of Ahmadinejad’s “re-election.” Iranians also turned to Facebook, YouTube, and blogs to broadcast the civil unrest on the ground.
Perhaps the most historic thing that happened over the weekend was Twitter users organizing a PR nightmare for CNN by using the #CNNfail tag. Here at NEWS JUNKIE POST we were keeping a close eye on what was being said and felt that we needed to write about it.
Our story on #CNNfail made it to the front page of Digg with over 1400 votes and a couple hundred comments. Soon the story of #CNNfail was picked up by other outlets – none of which gave this website credit for it. That’s alright, what’s important is that other news organizations realized just how powerful Twitter can be.
Some of the comments left by some ignorant people on the Digg site about our #CNNfail story were pretty nasty. They made fun of Twitter users calling them “retards.” But it all just goes to show how the impact of social media networks is getting under certain people’s skin. Most other comments, however, encouraged the people in Iran to stand up for their rights.
We followed the story of Mir Hosseim Mousavi’s house arrest on Saturday after a blogger for the Daily Kos who was in Tehran reported what was going on there. It was NEWS JUNKIE who continued to develop the story throughout the day and it got us, again, to the front page of Digg with over 1300 votes.
Our thanks goes out to all of you who were with us giving Iran the coverage it deserves – digging, re-tweeing, etc. The story is far from over and we will continue to monitor any new developments as Iranians battle filters on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and endure slow Internet connectivity. The revolution will be Twittered.
Special thanks to these guys/gals from the News Junkie Twibe:
(Sorry, if I missed your Twitter or Digg username, you all rock!)