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Twitter’s Global Reach May Foster a Revolution

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By now, you’re probably familiar with the post-election chaos taking place in Iran.

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What you may not know is that Twitter, a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others’ updates, is being used in a revolutionary new way (pun intended).

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Since the controversial election, the Iranian government has suppressed foreign journalism and mass-media outlets from covering the protests and other events related to the election backlash.  The people of Iran, and primarily the supporters of Hossein Moussavi, would not be silenced, and have been persistent in alerting the world of the events that are unfolding.  That’s where Twitter comes into play.

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Iranians have found ways to access the popular social site through proxies and other network loopholes, enabling them to keep friends, families and the rest of the globe in-the-know when traditional media was stymied.  Using their cell phones, Iranians are able to ‘tweet the deets’ in real-time, live from protests and other noteworthy events.

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The amount of information being transmitted via “Tweet” even prompted State Department Official Jared Cohen to pen Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey a request to move the site’s scheduled maintenance down-time to a later date in order to facilitate communication in Iran.

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The United States is careful not to let this request appear to be meddling in Iranian affairs.  “Information should be used as a way to promote freedom of expression,” said P.J. Crowley, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs.  “This is completely consistent with our national policy.”

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