Gaza’s #Flotilla — Has Twitter Joined the Censoring Game?

Last night there was a brutal and barbaric attack by the Israeli Defense Forces on a humanitarian aid convey that was making its way to Gaza to protest the siege that has been in place for more than 2 years. The humanitarian aid convey had activists from several nationalities and even included a holocaust survivor.

The biggest ship of the flotilla was surrounded by Israeli naval ships in international waters and boarded by Israeli soldiers whom attacked and killed at least 10 and injured tens of the 600 activists on board of the ship.

There was a huge outcry by people from around the world, and international countries were unanimous in condemning the attacks which might have breached international accords since they took place while the ships were in international waters. On the backdrop of the attacks, it seemed that the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, will have to cancel this week’s visit to the USA out of fear of being shamed again by the administration.

So What happened on Twitter?

Israel, Flotilla, Gaza, FreedomFlotilla on Trendistic

Israel, Flotilla, Gaza, FreedomFlotilla on Trendistic

Given that it was breaking news, people took up the cause and started talking about it on Twitter where it would have logically became a trending topic since a lot of people were using the hashtags #flotilla, #Freedom, and #Gaza but then something strange happened. Other tags with less mentions got to be trending, but not those. So speculation ran amok trying to understand what exactly happened and what might have been the reason that not only those tags didn’t trend but if people tried to search for them on the Twitter stream they would get an error.

British General Election 2010 — Learn Social Media by Example

Conservatives: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Blog/Website, delicious, Podcasts, Livestream, Youtube
Liberal Democrats: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Blog/Website
Labour Party: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Blog/Website

What is it about?

This year’s general election was certainly one of the toughest elections that Britain has seen in recent memory. It resulted with a win for David Cameron and the Tory’s who formed a coalition government with Nick Clegg’s Liberals. The election had a few firsts: it was the first time that the candidates participated in an American style debate, and it was the first time that social media played a role in determining the result of the election.

About the campaign

Through out the history of the elections, the British media was notorious for its ability to destroy public figures if they so wished and they wielded their power mercilessly. In the 2005 election, Facebook was limited to US universities while Twitter started in 2006, so this was the first time that the British media had some competition in shaping the public opinion.

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Betty White On SNL Campaign — Learn Social Media by Example

Betty White is an Emmy Award winning actress of Golden Girls and Mary Tyler Moore show fame. She was the naive, simple and hilarious Rose Nylund who believed that Bob Hope was her biological father. Due to endearing characters that she portrayed through out her career spanning over eight decades she has developed quite the fan base, a genuine and loyal one at that.

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Twitt(url)y — The Twitter Digg in the works?

Twitter became a sort of linking haven, there are so many links and media that is being shared on the service that makes it really a great tool to figure out what is currently hot and is being shared by a lot of people. If only there was some tool that would allow you to just have a Twitter eye view of the entire traffic and aggregate whats hot, and that’s exactly what Twitt(url)y does.

Introverts On The Web – The Virtual People

Introverts On The Web – The Virtual People

Intro vs. Extro

With the plethora of social networking sites it is interesting to see how people behave on those sites. People seem to be different online than what they are in real life. So it was interesting to read a study that looked into the personalities of people who use twitter and contrasted their personality type’s prevalence on Twitter...

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Iron Man 2 Campaign — Learn Social Media By Example

Iron Man 2 Campaign — Learn Social Media By Example

Jon Favreau - How Do You Say Your Last Name?

As far as Hollywood and movie studios are concerned their Christmas season is in summer, that's the time they await patiently to release their biggest blockbusters and wait for the profits to come pouring in. We are just about to come to the beginning of the blockbuster season and the release of the first mega movie of this summer...

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Quirky News of the Web — April 2010

Quirky News of the Web — April 2010

Twitter the Butt Saviour

There are always smaller headlines that tend to go unnoticed. They are the headlines that let us know how individualistic and unique some of the interactions on the web can be, and how much social media is shaping our world in ways that we could not have fathomed 20 years ago. Therefore, the Quirky News of the Web section will...

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Boobquake Campaign! — Learn Social Media By Example

Boobquake Campaign! — Learn Social Media By Example

Super Power Boobs?

It's not like it's the first time that a religious figure blamed natural disaster on a certain group of people. In the western side of Indiana, there was a young Purdue senior that had a light bulb flash in her head when she read about this. What if we put that theory to the test?

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Earth Hour 2010 – Learn Social Media By Example

Earth Hour 2010 – Learn Social Media By Example

Twitter Buzz During the Event

Earth Hour is an event organized by the WWF to raise awareness about global warming that started off in the city of Sydney, Australia in 2007, and its message spread like wildfire through the internet by word of mouth through social media networks and blogs.The event usually takes place at the last Saturday of March between 8:30-9:30...

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How Fortune 100 Companies Are Leveraging Social Media

How Fortune 100 Companies Are Leveraging Social Media

Flowtown is always releasing great infographs and this is a natural follow up to “ Where SMB Spend their Marketing and Advert Money? “. Like the other infograph, it raises quite a few questions and illuminates quite a few realizations, discussed below.

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