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#iranelection

Apologies to arafel, but I'm going to make another Twitter post.

#iranelection

It is quite something to watch people mobilizing in real time by using social media. Twitter users provided live reports of tear gas being used against the protesters, a video made by a Moussavi sympathizer, and more. In the meantime, CNN's home page still prominently featured stories about the FCC receiving 300,000 calls about analog TV ending and the Bonnaroo music festival instead of breaking news about the demonstrations (although, in fairness, their iReports are covering it and there's a blurb about it on their political ticker at the time of this writing). The New York Times is now on the story, too.

I think this is the first time that I have heard about a major news event via Twitter. My first contact with the story occurred around 4 pm EST today, when Gourmet's Ruth Reichl re-tweeted the following:

ruthreichl RT @jimsciuttoABC: #iran police confiscated our camera and videotapes. We are shooting police violence on our cell phones

Live cell phone video uploaded today

Images from Flickr



Amazing that one could so easily be part of passing the message on ... to hear from people live while events are happening. The instantaneousness of it ... I think I have an inkling of what people felt when they first encountered the telegraph.

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