Twitter and Citizen Driven Info Sharing

As you all know already, Twitter is all the rage these days, especially among us digital activists. Recent world events such as the presidential election in Iran and the 2008 Mumbai bombings have made many wonder aloud again if Twitter's powerful citizen-driven info-sharing is actually activism.

Agus Sari, blogger behind The Goose, recently had musings about how the popular social media tool was used during Jakarta bombings.

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What was unique about this incident were the offline connections made afterward. A local Jakarta radio station hosted a party for all the "Twitterati" who participated in the online activism to put faces to the Twitter handles and hastags, and start "a movement beyond the social network." There is also a website dedicated to building upon these relationships.

"There are many other 'causes' that will make use of the new medium," said Sari. "And with the internet universe being flat, the social network media will also become the democratizing means for Indonesia, and for the world. The tenet “one person one vote” will be closer to your heart, and your Blackberry."

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