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4 Most crucial Twitter usages

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on July 21, 2010

1. Use in protests and politics

In June 2009, following the allegations of fraud in the Iranian presidential election, protesters used Twitter as a rallying tool and method of communication with the outside world after the government blocked several other modes of communication. On June 15 Twitter rescheduled a planned 90-minute maintenance outage after a number of Twitter users and the US State Department asked Twitter executives to delay the shutdown because of concerns about the service’s role as a primary communication medium by the protesters in Iran.

CNN’s coverage of the conflict was criticized in tweets with the hashtag “#CNNfail”. Twitter was also used to organize DDoS attacks against Iranian government websites.

A distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) occurs when multiple systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers. These systems are compromised by attackers using a variety of methods.

2. Blogging & Blog Traffic Generation

Twitter tools and plugins also help in generating traffic for your blog(s). When you have a sensational tweet with a link to the new post, a good percentage of your followers will be tempted to click on it and visit your blog. Though, the bounce rate via this mechanism is pretty high – at least for me – it still generates some traffic.

3. Use in education

At the University of Texas at Dallas, Twitter has been incorporated into the classroom setting of History courses with big groups of students. This allows more students to express their views in the class discussions and forces them to focus on the central point due to the character limit.

According to telegraph.co.uk, Twitter is put on the new primary school curriculum. Children should be able to “organize and adjust” speaking and writing skills depending on the technology being used, including using “emails, messaging, wikis and twitters”. During the primary years, children should also be taught to speak, write and broadcast using “blogs, podcasts, websites, email [and] video”.

4. Use in reporting dissent

On April 10, 2008, James Buck, a graduate journalism student at University of California, Berkeley, and his translator, Mohammed Maree, were arrested in Egypt for photographing a protest against the Egyptian authority’s detention of protestors. On his way to the police station Buck used his mobile phone to send the message “Arrested” to his 48 Twitter followers. Those followers contacted U.C. Berkeley, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, and a number of press organizations on his behalf. Buck was able to send updates about his condition to his followers while being detained. He was released the next day from the Mahalla jail after the college hired a lawyer for him.

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