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The Power of Social Media in Developing Nations by Amir Hatem Ali

The Power of Social Media in Developing Nations by Amir Hatem Ali | Twit4D | Scoop.it

On January 28, 2011, Egypt’s President, Hosni Mubarak, took the drastic and unprecedented step of shutting off the Internet for five days across
an entire nation. His reason for doing so was simple: to halt the flow of
communication and coordinated assembly taking place over social media
platforms, like Facebook and Twitter...

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Social Media & the Arab Spring: First Looks By Melissa Wall

Social Media & the Arab Spring: First Looks By Melissa Wall | Twit4D | Scoop.it

16 new research articles about the roles of social media and the Arab Spring have been published in the International Journal of Communication. All of the articles can be viewed for free online and are listed below.

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Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring? by Philip Howard

Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring? by Philip Howard | Twit4D | Scoop.it

After analyzing over 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, a new study finds that social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring. Conversations about revolution often preceded major events on the ground, and social media carried inspiring stories of protest across international borders. Download study: http://bit.ly/pwPaET

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The Revolutions Were Tweeted by Gilad Lotan & others

The Revolutions Were Tweeted by Gilad Lotan & others | Twit4D | Scoop.it

This paper details the networked production and dissemination of news on Twitter during snapshots of the 2011 Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions as seen through information flows—sets of near-duplicate tweets—across activists, bloggers, journalists, mainstream media outlets, and other engaged participants. We differentiate between these user types and analyze patterns of sourcing and routing information among them. We describe the symbiotic relationship between media outlets and individuals and the distinct roles particular user types appear to play. Using this analysis, we discuss how Twitter plays a key role in amplifying and spreading timely information across the globe.

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HP research shows mainstream media drive Twitter by Ethan Bauley

HP research shows mainstream media drive Twitter by Ethan Bauley | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Who gets to determine the big topics of conversation on social media? And how do they do it? Looking to find out, HP researchers recently examined how popular subjects get to be listed among the top ‘trending’ topics on Twitter.

“You might expect the most prolific tweeters or those with most followers would be most responsible for creating such trends,” says Bernardo Huberman, HP Senior Fellow and director of HP Labs’ Social Computing Research Group. But that turns out not to be the case... Downmoad study: http://bit.ly/mTOehR

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In Times of Unrest, Social Networks Can Be a Distraction by Noam Cohen

In Times of Unrest, Social Networks Can Be a Distraction by Noam Cohen | Twit4D | Scoop.it

THE mass media, including interactive social-networking tools, make you passive, can sap your initiative, leave you content to watch the spectacle of life from your couch or smartphone.Apparently even during a revolution. That is the provocative thesis of a new paper by Navid Hassanpour, a political science graduate student at Yale, titled “Media Disruption Exacerbates Revolutionary Unrest.” Download full study: http://bit.ly/qNYPF4

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