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torsdag 18 juni 2009

Sociala mediers makt

I en diskussionslista såg jag idag ett exempel på sociala mediers växande makt, den här gången gällande mikrobloggen Twitter, nyligen publicerat i Washington Post:

Twitter Is a Player In Iran's Drama
State Dept. Asked Site to Keep
Running

By Mike Musgrove
Washington Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The State Department asked social-networking site Twitter to delay
scheduled maintenance earlier this week to avoid disrupting
communications among tech-savvy Iranian citizens as they took to the
streets to protest Friday's reelection of President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad.

The move illustrates the growing influence of online social-networking
services as a communications media. Foreign news coverage of the
unfolding drama, meanwhile, was limited by Iranian government
restrictions barring journalists from "unauthorized"
demonstrations.

"One of the areas where people are able to get out the word is through
Twitter," a senior State Department official said in a conversation with
reporters, on condition of anonymity. "They announced they were going to
shut down their system for maintenance and we asked them not to."

A White House official said "this wasn't a directive from Secretary of
State, but rather was a low-level contact from someone who often talks
to Twitter staff." The official said Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, tweeted, according to news reports. "Twitter is simply a
medium that all Iranians can use to communicate," the official said.

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