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The Twitter Effect: Watching #IranElection

Mideast Iran Presidential Elections

UPDATE June 16, 2009 4:12 p.m. ET
Will they or won’t they?
According to a CNN Blog Post, the US Government has asked Twitter to KEEP RUNNING during the Iran crisis. That would mean no scheduled maintenance as originally planned for 2 p.m. Pacific Time today.

“It is a very good example of where technology is helping,” the official said.

 Also check out The Lede by the New York Times for:

supplement reporting from New York Times correspondents inside Iran


Original Article Continued Below…

As previously mentioned, Twitter is playing a huge role in the continuing saga that is the dispute over the 2009 Iranian Elections.

Earlier today, Twitter announced a scheduled maintenance for 12:45 a.m. ET to last about an hour and a half.

While, this would have meant the late night hours for people in the United States, who are going off to bed, watching television and getting off their computers – this actually, meant maintenance would be scheduled for Tuesday morning (June 16) in Iran when more activity is bound to occur.

Less than an hour later, users of the social networking site were protesting the maintenance with the #hashtags “#NoMaintenance” and “#NoTwitterMaintenance.”

Taking everything into consideration, from the Huffington Post to Mashable to CNN etc., Twitter, together with its host, NTT America, have decided to reschedule for Tuesday afternoon, which alternatively would be the middle of the night in Iran.

Talk about the Twitter Effect on itself. [Read more…]

{Rules of PR no. 10} PR Fail ‘Loss of Potential – Boys Club vs Flirty Nerd’

 Smart Is The New Sexy by Sheerki1 via DeviantArt

UPDATE June 15, 2009 1:07 p.m. ET
Geek Girls Guide posted an
open letter and apology by Hoss Gifford and a followup by Dave Schroeder. Giddord also posted a copy of his presentation here.

Original article continued below…

Wired Magazine via Twitter said:

Wired Magazine Geek Girls Tweet

Above is a prime example of “Flirty Nerd” style and Wired’s name and ‘Star Wars’ became trending topics on Twitter on June 10.

A trending topic is a phrase or group of words that has been repeated so many times by various Twitter users that it becomes a real-time, online ‘trend.’

“Flirty Nerd” style is the use of geek and alike terms by women that is attractive to men. For example, a girl who alludes to her favourite gadgets in conversations and probably loves everything Apple. Or typically a girl who understands and would allude to Marvel, Star Wars or Star Trek in a savvy way using words or phrases like “into the Dark Side,” “young Padwaan,” “Live Long and [alternate word for ‘Prosper’ here],” “Sith happens,” “Like Rogue sucking [Read more…]