Friday, 10 February 2012

Greek Parliament Tweets

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Holding down the fort, through today's heavy protests in Athens we have seen a constant flow of tweets coming not as much from the street where violent protests have started, but from inside Parliament.  Map made with the clima.me tool.
Normally we study the use of twitter by protest movements to get around official censorship and to organise crowds in an agile way, but there is also the other side of twitter: a tool of political power.  As the streets in front of the Greek Parliament explode in more traditional demonstrations inside of the Parliament itself we have seen a constant flow of tweeting.  Probably either political leaders trying to contact their base of journalists.  But in a world where celebrity has so much power we are seeing more and more state sponsored tweeting.

4 comments:

  1. can we have more information on this please? it seems very interesting. How do you collect your data? i suppose you can collect data only from those twiterers that send location info as well? or no?

    a protester of syntagma

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  2. The data is coming from the Twitter feed, we take only those posts that have a geo tag long and lat location. Twitters geo data can be pretty bad.

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  3. So we cannot make any conclusion regarding the amount of TW usage for any of the two sides? In and out of the parliament.

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  4. We don't really keep a perm record of tweets coming from the locations, just map the tweets as the rise for a while

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