Turkish protesters have adapted Twitter to suit their needs
Thanassis Stavrakis, Associated Press
The tech website Mashable details a unique characteristic of the use of Twitter in the ongoing political protests in Turkey: Instead of tweeting to alert the international community, all signs point to the Turks apparently using Twitter as an avenue for raising awareness among their own people.
Mashable’s Alex Fitzpatrick reported: “With local media failing to adequately cover the ongoing anti-government protests in Turkey, Twitter has become a vital tool for Turks to share what's happening in Istanbul and around the country.
"While Twitter was indeed vital during the protests which eventually toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, one study suggested the social media conversation around that revolution was global rather than local: Approximately 30 percent of geotagged tweets on Egypt-related hashtags at the time were sent from within the country. In Turkey, it's a much different story: about 90 percent of geotagged tweets are coming from inside the country with half from Istanbul, per (a new) NYU study.”
Jamshid Ghazi Askar is a graduate of BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School and member of the Utah State Bar. Contact him at email@example.com or 801-236-6051.
- University of Phoenix founder dies, leaving...
- Running again? Mitt Romney tells Hugh Hewitt...
- 10 things to know about corporate inversions
- A New York Times article said Michael Brown...
- It's about time the government recognize the...
- UN: Ebola cases could eventually reach 20,000
- Is James Foley a martyr? A brutal death...
- Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt wed privately at...
- A New York Times article said Michael... 42
- Running again? Mitt Romney tells Hugh... 34
- For the first time in American history,... 30
- 10 things to know about corporate... 27
- Doug Robinson: When did Missouri turn... 24
- Obama back at White House after summer... 17
- Why the poverty cycle is harder to... 15
- Winning plaintiffs in 3 states want... 14