ABC's Hanna Siegel reports from New York:
“Is this the first Twitter fueled revolution?” In less than 140 characters, one tweeter summed up the overwhelming response to social networking site Twitter’s remarkable involvement in the protest over the Iranian election. Many critics of Twitter scoffed at the idea that anything substantial could come out of so-called tweets, but the substance coming out of Iran is real. The tweets are in every language from Farsi and Chinese to English, and they are conveying the thoughts and emotions of those in Iran where media is highly censored.
“People standing in front of state TV Bldg in Valiasr silent holding their hands & Mousavi pictures in air,” described one tweeter, referring to Ahmadinejad’s opposition candidate, the relative reformer Mir-Hossein Mousavi .
“Unreal,” comments another, “I remember driving by the state TV building (IRIB) in Tehran just a few weeks ago…Now it’s chaos.”
“10ppl arrested at Guilan Uni[versity] in Rasht moments ago.”
“Peaceful protests will move the world behind the Iranian people,” tweets another user while someone else asked that President Obama wear a green tie in support of Mousavi, whose campaign color is green.
Not everyone thinks Twitter is the answer.
“Iranians risking their lives are shaping the revolution, not twitter,” tweeted one, but even he couldn’t help but add “It’s a tool, an impressive one nonetheless.”
Still, it seems a few words from the inside are getting the message across much better than several pages from the outside.
“I really think that the Iran election events have taught us that bloggers/tweeters/etc. can and SHOULD break news.”