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Thanassis Stavrakis, Associated Press
Thousands of protesters gather for another rally at the Taksim square in Istanbul late Monday, June 3, 2013. Police in Turkey have used tear gas for a fourth day to disperse demonstrations that grew out of a sit-in to prevent the uprooting of trees at Istanbul's main square. Demonstrators are also venting pent-up resentment against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been in office for 10 years.

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.”

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