Who is Who in the #IranElection Controversy


I know you want to know, so here we go: a very abridged, to the point, guide of who is who in Iran surrounding the 2009 Presidential controversy.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: The Leader of Leaders aka the “Supreme Leader”

Ayatollah Khomeini is the Supreme leader of [Read more…]

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…]

How Twitter Shamed CNN with #IranElection and #CNNFail



UPDATE: June 15, 2009 2:54 p.m. ET
Excellent coverage by the Huffington Post via Twitter:

AP releases images of the gunfire victims in Tehran http://bit.ly/15ROVX via @HuffPolitics #iranelection

4:17 p.m. ET
The Twitter Effect

In case you missed it @biz, @Twitter Co-Founder, posted about the maintenance reschedule http://bit.ly/nwPNv #IranElection

7:38 p.m. ET
Check out The Twitter Effect via
Jason Pollock here:

I’m wearing #Green for the #IranElection & a #FreeIran. Read this & Pass it on 🙂 –> http://cli.gs/GSGP0t

June 16, 2009 1:48  p.m. ET
The New York Times has a great article out on how Rick Sanchez ‘defended’ CNN — the best part and the whole point of the Twitter Effect:

The Tehran protests were covered throughout the weekend during CNN’s normal news hours, but they were not treated as breaking news worthy of the rolling live coverage that cable news is known for.

Original article continued below…


This weekend something happened to the news world that rocked it to its core…literally. It was shaken up, spit on and a different source for information emerged.

The world is watching as news unfolds, just they are not watching on television. [Read more…]

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