{Rules of PR no. 11} PRoactive: Raw Social Media ‘Neda,’ #IranElection & #CNNwin

Iran in Flames by .faramarz via Flickr.

*(Photos by .faramarz on Flickr, in my opinion best photo stream on the Internet, alongside Mousavi1388)

Andrew Muellerandrewmueller @SashaHalima @anncurry #IranElection hashtag should be changed to #IranSlaughter

It’s no secret that for the past week the 2009 Iranian elections have been trickling through in mass numbers across the Internet, television and print.

From live blogging via the Huffington Post, to Facebook starting a Farsi version, to Twitter rescheduling its maintenance to Google, who, not only, is offering Farsi as a new translated service, but has also mapped out the embassies in Iran via Google Maps, there seems to be no real lack of information; even from CNN.

View Embassies Accepting Injured People in Tehran in a larger map

The American cable news network, who was once accused of failing to cover the election controversy when the streets of Tehran initially went up in flames, has been PRoactively [Read more…]

Google to launch Farsi-English translator

Ariya Melaat cartoon via Gooya News Iran

UPDATE: June 19, 2009 9:46 a.m.
Google HAS launched a Farsi translator. Visit the official
Google Blog and the actual translator for information and resources.

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In lieu of the the trending #IranElection, constant coverage and aftermath of the #CNNFail, the Huffington Post and journalist Ann Curry are reporting that Google, the search engine super-giant, is launching an Farsi to English translator on it’s website starting Friday June 19.

Yay? or nay?

8:59 PM ET — Huge news. For the last several days, people have been pressuring Google to make their homepage logo green for a day in a show of solidarity. They’ve decided to do something far more significant.

Tomorrow, Google will launch a Farsi/English translation service, an ingenious way to help Iranians and English speakers exchange information and aid each other more effectively. Add this to their Iran coverage on Citizen Tube, and their decision to relax standards on graphic videos for the scenes coming out of Iran, and they deserve some serious props.

For more information:

Who is Who in the #IranElection Controversy

The Twitter Effect: Watching #IranElection

How Twitter Shamed CNN with #IranElection and #CNNFail


Copyright © 2009 Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.

Speed of Social Media

Social Media by Matt Hamm via Flickr. All Rights Reserved 2009.

With Twitter facilitating Amazon and CNN to change their wicked ways through #AmazonFail and #CNNFail, the speed of social media has enabled itself to become a beacon and ultimate soundboard for news and information.

According to Mashable, at it’s peak, hashtag #IranElection was tweeting 221,744 tweets per hour [Read more…]

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


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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.

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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…]