06 December 2011

10 Major Events Affected by Social Media

Social media has become incredibly popular. People are now using this media as a mode of expression and the right to speak out their opinions. Be it elections, a prince wedding or a revolution, everyone has something to say and social media has become their voice. It has turned out to be an influencing catalyst which has resulted in effective forms of actions. Social media plays an important role in how we recognize and react to unforgettable, defining moments. Here are the 10 major events that were deeply affected by social media.

1. Presidential Election 2008

Twitter started its first election campaign of 2008 U.S. presidential election, where it was successfully integrated into President Obama. Millions of people on social media openly expressed their political view.

On social networks, Obama also held a clear lead, with 844,927 MySpace friends compared to McCain's 219,404. Just between November 3rd and November 4th, Obama gained over 10,000 new friends, while McCain only gained about 964. On Twitter, Obama gained 2865 new followers between the 3rd and 4th November, for a total of 118,107 followers, while John McCain's Twitter account only has a paltry 4942 followers in total.

 2. Hudson River Water Landing

The Hudson River emergency landing was one of the most famous instances of reporting via Twitter. U.S. Airways Flight 1549 took off at 3:26 PM. It was less than a minute later when the pilot reported a double bird strike.

Onlooker Janis Krums was the first to break the story when he snapped this shot with his phone and he uploaded the photo to TwitPic while on the ferry to rescue the passengers.

 3. Iran Election

Twitter played a crucial role in the controversy over the disputed Iran elections. After the election in Iran, Twitter became an essential content distribution tool for the Iran riots, whether through cries of opposition against candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi or updates about the violence taking place.

One of the striking aspects of the #IranElection crisis has been the heavy use of social media. Iranians have relied on it to spread information on protests and to communicate their situation to millions of concerned people worldwide.

 4. Haiti Earthquake

Twitter feeds gave an impressive picture of the Haiti earthquake, and the Guardian's live blog on the rescue mission used social media as well as information from other news organizations. The BBC also covered the event combining tweets from the area with the work of its reporter.

An organization on Twitter created to bring together those who experienced the disaster and to organize relief efforts. The online community and activists created many different ways for concerned individuals to act immediately.

 5. Chilean Miner Rescue

33 miners were trapped during 70 days at mining in the desert of Atacama, Chile, were rescued alive. This rescue mission engaged a whole country and attracted global media attention was probably one of the most successful crisis events in recent history.

Social media buzz peaked at about the same time as T.V. viewership; approximately 104,000 messages per hour were sent via Twitter

 6. Revolt in Egypt

Before Egypt shut off the Internet and mobile phones, before it even started blocking Twitter and Facebook, those tools were used to coordinate and spread the word about the demonstrations that were scheduled for January 25.

This revolution started on Facebook. In June 2010 when hundreds of thousands of Egyptians started collaborating content. We would post a video on Facebook that would be shared by 60,000 people on their walls within a few hours.

7. 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

After a record hit of 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan, with a disastrous tsunami soon followed by the earthquake. Millions of people around the globe scour social media for updates from loved ones.

On its Facebook page, Red Cross used the Causes application to rise over $25,000 toward relief efforts. Millions of people responded via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and many other social media platforms

 8. Osama Bin Laden

Even before President Obama made his announcement the death of Osama bin Laden, the world was reacting to the news through social media. While Twitter, Facebook, and media outlets around the world were on fire with news of Osama Bin Laden’s death. Later, the White House tweeted the news and President Barack Obama addressed the public.

At the forefront of the masses is the Osama Bin Laden is DEAD page with over 400,000 likes. The rapid increases by the minute in likes and wall posts are a true testimony to the power of social media and how easily we all interact via Facebook.

 9. Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy movement has mobilized thousands of people around the world almost exclusively via social media. It started with a YouTube video, later posted on the Occupy Wall Street Facebook page. Within two days, traffic had reached critical mass. Social media spreads over 80 percent of information which helped to gather and occupy the Wall Street.

10. September 11, 2011

The site instacane was created by Chris Ackermann and his friend Peter Ng as reflections on 9/11 through an online Instagram photo album. They allow users to share the stories which they never got to tell in real time.