Iran's Twitter Revolution #iranelection

TwitterMahmoud Ahmadinejad won the 2009 Iranian presidential election with 62.63% of the popular vote. At least, that's what the "official" results show. Mir-Hossein Mousavi will tell you he had 62.63% of the popular vote.

Thousands gathered in protest, and the Iranian government responded by restricting all journalists working for foreign news organizations from reporting on the streets of Tehran. With the mainstream media out of the way, the citizens became journalists, reporting from the streets via Twitter, on Facebook and blogs. It was a corrupt government vs. web savvy citizens seeking freedom and democracy and Twitter emerged as a place to plan protests, share information and report to the rest of us what was happening on the streets of Iran.

Here's Andrew Sullivan writing for The Atlantic's blog:

I have to say my skepticism about this new medium has now disappeared. Without it, one wonders if all this could have happened. A reader notes a few facts:

Ahmadinejad's and Khamenei's websites were taken down yesterday - I saw the latter go down within a couple of minutes because of a DDOS attack organised via Twitter. @StopAhmadi is a good source for tweets on this. The other important use of Twitter has been distribution of proxy addresses via Twitter. This would be how most video and pictures of today's rally have gotten out.

Technology has not just made the world more dangerous; it has also enabled freedom to keep one small step in front of tyranny and lies. One thing you can do is use Twitter to fight the regime yourself. Help bring these fascist bastards down at the end of your modem.

It's not Twitter's revolution, the revolution belongs to the people of Iran. But it is Twitter's coming out party, enabling Iranians to seek what we take for granted. They are tweeting for freedom.


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Argie

The CIA doing its thing - God love them!

June 19, 2009 @ 3:46 PM

Horonymous

Stumbled across this opinion on the whole twitter thing and the unrest in Iran on slate.com

Don't necessarily agree with his opinions just like to hear diverse opinions on things.

http://www.slate.com/id/2220736/?from=rss

June 19, 2009 @ 11:11 PM

Irvine

LOL, oh man, what a pile this is.

So Mike what makes you think the shit you read in Twitter is more legit than what the asshole running Iran says?

Only a techno newbie would believe that. As if somehow the "rebels" found the internet before those involved in "propaganda" did.

The guy that runs Iran is a complete fucking asshole. He's smart, but he's an asshole. But what makes you believe that those that post against him are any different?

The truth IS out there dude. Just it's not on Facebook nor is it on Twitter. I'm surprised that someone who claims they are so "web saavy" as you doesn't get it. Clearly..you over estimate your abilities.

I think you're best left to idolizing 102.1 and Fred P.

June 20, 2009 @ 1:41 AM

jason | Getyouroj.com

Tweet for freedom you rebels you!

Luckily I haven't made my coffee yet or it would be shooting out of my nose right about now.

Give me a break man.

June 20, 2009 @ 6:52 AM

Toronto Mike

Ok, I see what's going on...

Freddie P hasn't been updating as much at canadianthinker.com, so Irvine and OJ are buzz killing over here.

I'm *this* close to banning the OJ ip address, because I'm getting sick of the constant stench of humourless misery and holier-than-thou judgement.

But much like the rebels in Iran use social media to communicate with those beyond the Ahmadinejad curtain, I too will use this blog and Twitter to poll the people regarding your fate.

Irvine can stay.

June 20, 2009 @ 9:27 AM

elvis

Mike - I can't believe this, but I'll stick up for the Twitterers in Iran. From all the news reports/shows I've seen over the past week, it's pretty remarkable to see the pictures from inside Iran that aren't allowed to be filmed by the media. Obama is right is saying the opposition leader is likely to be just as unfriendly to the West as the current idiot is but hey, give the people the right to protest for fair elections. Twitter might be coming of age.

June 20, 2009 @ 12:27 PM

Irvine

Now Mike, you know there is screening going on at Fred P's site and anytime an Irvine posts it gets mailed to poor old Fred worried I might upset the cart. Quite honestly, I can post there under a variety of different names & IP's I have but dawg I'm real. I'm Irvine and I'm not afraid to stand behind my comments

Now back to the topic. I'm an old skool internet guy Mike. I'm a former white hack hacker & social engineer that may or may have not taken out a fair number of kiddie porn servers pretending to be a 13 year old named "Wildrose". I believe in the absolute right of people on the net to state their opinions even if those opinions are incredibly fucked up. It's up to you, the reader to educate yourself. Wikipedia isn't a good start.

But, you need to remember that all of this is just another perspective. I do LOVE what I'm seeing, I love it anytime I see the net used to topple a corrupt system

But, you must always remember that those attempting to do the toppling may in fact have their own agenda. If the Cuban revolution was Twittered in 2009 would you support Fidel and Che? Or be against them. Because when all is said and done they are terrorists..and they also took care & protected their own people. Same for Hamas. Western governments see Hamas as terrorists. The people that attend their schools and medical clinics may think otherwise.

I wholeheartedly believe in the freedom of the net. It WILL be a force of change in our lives. But, do not buy into the "good versus bad" because everyone seeking power has an agenda.

Now, I do hope they topple that crack pot running Iran.

BTW Mike, actually the reason I'm online more lately is because I'm about to move again so I'm only working 45 hours a week. It gives me time to surf, stir the pot & my other hobby..helping kids in South America learn to speak English. I do that 2+ hours a day now

So if I tweet about it, would I be a "complete asshole" or "an honourable guy for helping those with less than him".

June 20, 2009 @ 1:58 PM

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