Iran and Twitter
is director of OffspinMedia and a former Today editor
We're all pretty familiar with Twitter's role in the events in Iran. But what about the role of the events in Iran in changes to Twitter. Mark Hannah writes at Mediashift: "I've been more interested in the way this story has brought Twitter into the mainstream. That is, not Twitter's effect on the Iranian protests, but the protests' effect on Twitter." His conclusion: "Journalists should use Twitter to better understand the Iranian rebellion, not use the Iranian rebellion to tout a 'Twitter Revolution'. By focusing too heavily - and headily - on a simple micro-blogging technology, the news media risk distracting themselves from the more macroscopic, geopolitical issues at play here. If the mainstream news media can't get over its impulse to hype their shiny new tool, they will be enfeebled by the same kind of navel-gazing I thought Twitter was all about ... until now."