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Iranian People Have a Voice Thanks to Twitter

Read the article!!!! Absolutely world changing.

I believe we are witnessing the end of corrupt government censoring the voices of its people and media. Now thanks to social media the public has the tools to be the media. The Iranian government has banned the media from reporting on the escalating protests, disputing the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

That is not stooping the streams of information on the protests from reaching around the world at rapid speeds. Journalists and members of the public have been using Twitter to send real-time messages of breaking developments.  

One of the most interesting twists to this story is that Twitter was schedule to have service interruptions in order to upgrade their network this week but has postponed the upgrades by request of the US state department because of the important role the communication tool is playing on the people of Iran.


June 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. This situation is interesting for a lot of reasons. However I believe Twitter’s role in Iran’s political situation is being greatly overstated.

    Twitter wasn’t around in ’79 and that revolution was televised (apologies for the cliche). Given the U.S.’s history of infiltration and sabotage of Iranian governments I think more about the opportunity to use Twitter as a tool for propaganda rather than a looking glass into a repressed society.

    Comment by emjay08 | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. I think it’s interesting that the U.S. State Department was urging Twitter to delay their scheduled service interruption. It may be a heroic act on the part of the U.S. Government to make that request and continue allowing Iranian protesters to communicate via Twitter, an American-owned and operated web site. Who knows, maybe it is. But I share a similar concern to Matt’s – what about the day when the U.S. Government wants Twitter to push forward their scheduled service interruption to prevent the escalation of conversations like this? Does it go both ways?

    Comment by sarahjanemac | June 21, 2009 | Reply

  3. Please do remember that I’ve tried to teach you to look at technologies through a critical lens. Here’s someone who is looking at Twitter and Iran in a more analytical way:

    Comment by doctor d | June 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. Very interesting article Bethany. Its sad to think that some people look down upon social media and others can use it for great things. For example, the other day at work I was serving a group of mom that were trashing social media. Their children were tweeting, and spending all their time on facebook. They were worried that their social skills were not developing. With a smile on my face, I couldn’t help to dive in right in their conversation. After sharing my views the mothers looked at social media a little differently. They never thought about how businesses are using these tools to create stronger two-way relationships. I do have to agree with them however that some people (kids) are taking advantage of social media tools to do their dirty work (i.e. breaking up with their partners). But I guess it’s not only kids that have to worry about how they are using social media tools, organizations have to too!

    Comment by Katia Dias | June 21, 2009 | Reply

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