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Old 06-16-2009, 02:17 PM   #46
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I'm riveted. I've just gone green in more than one way. I was trying to decipher how to open my server to get information out of Iran.
But it's way over my head but I would do it if I could.

This is history people, pay attention.
from my twitter: another way to help: set up proxies. VERY easy & necessary. (Edit: apparently tiny url.com is blocked here... ) Go to http://blog.austinheap.com/ He's the guy who's been distributing proxies to Iranians on the ground and has very simple instructions on his site.

I've got my university's connection running proxies now.

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Anderson Cooper said that twitter was scheduled to go down for maintenance yesterday but remained open since it is one of the big forms of communication between Iranians and the outside world. I too learned about most of this stuff through twitter, but reported on another site. Pretty amazing the age we are in now where the eyewitness account holds double the importance of regular reporting. I recall seeing #CNNfail as a topic trend on Saturday because of the lack of reporting. It should have been #MSMfail, quite frankly. Iran is still a top trend on twitter.
They did indeed. Amazing moment in and of itself. Unfortunately, CNN continues to fail, even in their coverage because they're publicizing the Twitter names of sources in Iran, something that people on Twitter have been fairly diligent in not doing.

If you all aren't on Twitter, I'd highly, highly, highly suggest signing up and getting an account just to watch #iranelection. Seeing people around the world helping to spread information is beautiful.

The BBC went green in support of the protesters: BBC - Homepage

The State Department also just asked Twitter to delay their maintenance again today: State Department to Twitter: Keep Iranian tweets coming Anderson Cooper 360: Blog Archive - State Department to Twitter: Keep Iranian tweets coming � - Blogs from CNN.com
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:32 PM   #47
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The BBC went green in support of the protesters: BBC - Homepage
That's awesome. I've been meaning to change my avatar since last night to something green in support (as are many on livejournal/twitter) but fell asleep way too early. When I get home...
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Can someone please explain this whole following-world-events-on-Twitter phenomenon to me? I went to the main page and clicked on #iranelection, and then refreshed the messages for maybe about half an hour. I saw a mostly a few messages being repeated over and over again (change your avatars to green! CNN should stop publishing names of Iranians using Twitter! Let's all set our locations and timezones to Iran!), but little that was really substantially newsworthy. Was I doing something wrong, or was it just a slow news period I caught?
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Old 06-16-2009, 04:00 PM   #49
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You can bet the State Department is paying close attention to the volume of green avatars or anything else that resembles solidarity with Iran.

I would say it's the ability for people using Twitter to instantaneously influence raw opinions and potentially shape events in real time that is newsworthy.
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Well:
- Iranians have government controlled television
- Iranians with satellite television are having their homes invaded and satellites being taken down
- Yahoo, Gmail chat and various other social networking sites are being removed, including Twitter
- People on twitter have been exchanging messages with Iranians via proxy servers (servers that are not based in Iran and are therefore unblocked) providing them with mutual information.
- @ProtesterHelp is one person who is telling the Iranians what streets are safe, what exactly is happening, which dorm rooms are being invaded
- Iranian twitterers are trying to stay anonymous while giving the twitter universe (and then us) moment by moment updates as to what is happening. It is much easier to tweet a message about the army entering a college and assaulting students than it is to get a hold of Al Jazeera on the phone and give them an interview.
- The U.S. State Dept has asked Twitter to postpone their maintenance updates so that twitter can remain an active source for communication between Iranians and the outside world.

It's starting to become important because just a few hours ago foreign reporters were banned from reporting in Iran in addition to them sending out the army to shut the protesters up. The police are apparently somewhat unarmed and for the most part, supportive of the protesters. It is radical groups, Ahmedinejad supporters and the army that have been assaulting and killing protesters.

You're not behind. I just found out about this Twitter Revolution today myself. It's best not to watch #iranelection but to just follow one reputable source. I'm following @ProtesterHelp. A few hours ago they were giving tips on how to stop bleeding from a gunshot wound and instructions on how to build an impromptu gas mask from a 2-liter bottle.
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You can bet the State Department is paying close attention to the volume of green avatars or anything else that resembles solidarity with Iran.

I would say it's the ability for people using Twitter to instantaneously influence raw opinions and potentially shape events in real time that is newsworthy.
It's not so much solidarity with Iran as it is solidarity with those who seek free speech. I don't think there are very many non-Iranian people endorsing/supporting Mousavi, but there are many people who support the right for Iranians (especially young Iranians who are the main protesters) to peacefully protest what they believe to be an unfair election. They should not be attacked in droves or shot at.
Whether or not the State Dept is "watching us" is irrelevant.
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You're not behind. I just found out about this Twitter Revolution today myself. It's best not to watch #iranelection but to just follow one reputable source. I'm following @ProtesterHelp. A few hours ago they were giving tips on how to stop bleeding from a gunshot wound and instructions on how to build an impromptu gas mask from a 2-liter bottle.
Okay, thanks.

#iranelection seemed impossible to follow, given the sheer volume of messages, and the fact that many of them were repeats didn't help.
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It's not so much solidarity with Iran as it is solidarity with those who seek free speech.
True, and closer to what I meant.

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Whether or not the State Dept is "watching us" is irrelevant.
American public opinion with regard to a disconnect between Iranian government and 'will of the people' will have a major impact on foreign policy in the Middle East. So hardly irrelevant.
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The 10,000 or so American twitterers (I'm still not sure on the right verbage) who are vested in this on twitter are of little consequence. I'm sure the State Dept is better off watching physical protests than what those online say. I'm not sure if you meant your message to come off as a "beware" or as a "this is an interesting turn of events in the information age."

I took it as beware so that explains my response to you.
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- The U.S. State Dept has asked Twitter to postpone their maintenance updates so that twitter can remain an active source for communication between Iranians and the outside world.
I saw that earlier - interesting.

Thanks for the updates you've been giving here, I'm finding it very helpful.

And to your later question, I think - think - that the word for "Twitterers" is "Tweeters." Or maybe not. I know "tweet" has somehow become part of our language with this whole Twitter thing.

Don't ask me why - I'm annoyed in general by Twitter, but with this situation I'm coming around to see why it's a good thing.
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The BBC went green in support of the protesters: BBC - Homepage
Apparently the BBC homepage was already green for a while.

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Don't ask me why - I'm annoyed in general by Twitter, but with this situation I'm coming around to see why it's a good thing.
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The 10,000 or so American twitterers (I'm still not sure on the right verbage) who are vested in this on twitter are of little consequence. I'm sure the State Dept is better off watching physical protests than what those online say. I'm not sure if you meant your message to come off as a "beware" or as a "this is an interesting turn of events in the information age."

I took it as beware so that explains my response to you.
Nope, not beware or watchdog warning. And as a turn of events in the information age, the State Dept should be interested in its influence on various demographics and potential impact on future events.
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In that case,

Like I said before, I thought Twitter was stupid for a long time. I joined about a month ago to follow some celebrities at work while I was bored () NOT ASHTON KUTCHER OR DEMI MOORE but these past couple of days it has become more of a vessel of information than entertainment for me. I still think it's mostly stupid, but the fact that you can choose who you want to follow (and your anonymity, unlike facebook where you have to read status updates by that annoying guy from high school you friended).
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...unlike facebook where you have to read status updates by that annoying guy from high school you friended).
I was in that boat until I discovered the magic of the "hide" feature.
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