Social Media, Iran, and Elections

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If you had any doubt about the power of social media, the election in Iran might have been the testimony you needed to seal your belief.  Never before has social media played such an integral role in such an intense political controversy.

Many citizens in Iran are irate because of the re-election of Ahmadinejad. The possibly fraudulent results have caused protests, fights, and deaths. It seems as though nothing can cool the heated situation. The Iranian government has tried to minimize the protests by shutting down journalistic activities.

As Iran enforced tight restrictions on journalists reporting about the election, citizens took the reporting to the social networks. Blogs, Facebook, and especially Twitter have all been ignited with the Iran election fire. The hash tag #IranElection has been a trending topic on Twitter ever since the elections ended in Iran.

Since many journalists have not been allowed in Iran, Twitter has become a real-time reporting tool. Through the use of cell phones and laptops, demonstrators, observers, opponents and proponents have used Twitter as a way to organize and communicate. The State Department recognized the value of Twitter and asked the micro-blogging giant to hold off on their scheduled maintenance to allow people in Iran to communicate. At the rate of more than three tweets per second about the Iran election Twitter is proving to be more than just a trend.

Social media is more than just a trend, more than just a fad. It is incredible to think that through these new tools we can communicate with people across the world and about any thing we want. The question is – how are you using social media?

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As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.
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