Saturday, 2 April 2011

Now Lebanese produces Syrian social media aggregation site

NOW Lebanon is an independent, non-sectarian, and includes members from all Lebanese political, ethnic, religious and socio-economic groups and persuasions. This forum's stated goal is the pursuit of an independent, democratic, liberal and prosperous Lebanon, with equal rights and opportunities for all its citizens. The site states:

"In the spring of 2005, the Lebanese people demonstrated their desire – and their ability – to transform a country. They mobilized for what they wanted, not what they were told to want. Were it not for the one million protesters who came out that day, we might still be under Syrian tutelage. However, since then, the momentum for sustained mass participation in public affairs has waned. The New Opinion Workshop (NOW) hopes to recapture the spirit of that unique day in 2005 and channel it towards positive change in Lebanon"

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The site has now created an aggregation site for social media concerning Syria.

NOW Lebanon is interesting as another site seeking to aggregate the wide range of social network sites concerning Lebanon and Syrian protest movements in a single "space", this is the same think we saw the UNCUT movement doing. The site assembles Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blog and news content in to a single view.

Though Google calendars, Facebook sites, YouTube and twitter have opened a large opportunity to political activists they do present them with two serious problems:

Aggregation is not a new concept in online collaboration, for years sites have used RSS feeds to assemble the outputs of many different points in a central view for a specific purpose. But the lesson of the Arab revolt has been the power of what we had taken to be kind of common banal social network tools.

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