The situation in Iran continues to be widely discussed on Twitter, with Iran as the number one trending topic, and #iranelection as number two. It goes downhill from there… Anyway, Sedef Onder needed Iran to understand the importance of Twitter. She blogs about it at DigitalNext, wrapping up like this:
I daresay Twitter is starting to grow up. And though it’s taken some getting used to for a skeptical Twitter user of a couple of years now, I’m feeling a bit like a proud parent. Here’s hoping we’ll continue to see similarly inspiring uses of social media, whether for more effective marketing to new customers, or for plain ole’ communication sake. Tweets have finally come of age.
That got me thinking. What if the disastrous events in Iran is exactly what Twitter needed to take the next big step? Not just tech industry approval, but old media approval as well? I know, I know, it’s a cynical way of viewing things, but sometimes world events can spark things. And I think it just did. We’ll see more journalists on Twitter from now on.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.