Writing in Foreign Policy, Golnaz Esfandiari disputes the popular notion that Iranian activists relied heavily on Twitter during the recent protests. Mehdi Yahyanejad, the manager of a popular Farsi-language website, said as much to the Washington Post last year: “Here [in the U.S.], there is lots of buzz,” he said. “But once you look, you see most of it are Americans tweeting among themselves.” Esfandiari points out that “good old-fashioned word of mouth was by far the most influential medium used to shape the post-election opposition activity.” Twitter also enabled the spread of various rumors and hoaxes – proof perhaps that the service isn’t quite ready to overthrow journalism? [%comments]
How Twitter-Based Was Iran’s Twitter Revolution?