Social Media - The Iranian Voters Secret Weapon
Online social media has played a major role in allowing the Iranian public to inform the world of the ongoing events within Iran after their recent voting
scandal. Much attention has been paid blog posts, tweets on Twitter and other forms of communication received from Iranian citizens since the voting
scandal unfolded. In fact the only real means citizens had to effectively oppose the political repression was to turn to their blogs and social networking
sites to keep the world informed.
The effectiveness of bloggers to be able to accurately report the facts behind the scenes culminated in their being targeted by Iranian authorities for
arrest. Twitter, the rapidly growing social networking site had been repeatedly lauded as the communication channel of choice by Iranian citizens.
What led Iranian citizens to choose online social networking sites as their primary method of communication to the world of the injustices that were
Here are the 3 main reasons:
Although Iran is not generally regarded as highly sophisticated recent findings indicate more than 70 percent of the population has access to the
internet. With this availability citizens have at their disposal a means to communicate with others in a reasonably undetected and otherwise safe
manner. In fact with the portability of laptop computers bloggers can continue composing and posting without having to be anchored to a single
Ease of Use
The choice of social networking sites such as Twitter as a primary channel of communication by disgruntled Iranian voters was based upon ease of
use. These sites do not require any type structure or formatting when sending a message making them ideal choices for quick and detailed reporting
of the ongoing events.
Obviously the internet is hooked into a global audience and this allowed any messages sent from Iran to be seen or heard round the world. The word
of mouth effect this had enabled these messages to be quickly sprea