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This small world!

You write a sentence on a friend's wall, and it's back on your wall before 24 hours by another friend which doesn’t even know the first one!
This is what most excites me about social networking and is what exactly you need for leading or being a part of a movement.I mean this great pace of publishing news and when you want to start leading a movement, you just share your idea, create web pages, use different social media tools and if your idea is interesting enough it will become common.
Of course it needs to be smart to tell your issue,news or status which you want to publish it in interesting words so it will be shared in the first step.
For example it makes differences when you say “Oh,I must wear completely covering cloths here” or “Oh, I miss sunshine on my skin here” as a foreign tourist visiting a country like Iran.
It is not just about a short status sentence but about entitling articles too!

Yes It's this kind of media's feature that people follow and excite about very common subjects, specially when there are many people supporting something like a cause they excite about it, share more and more so this empowers that cause.there are many samples which this kind of people's participation in sharing and talking and thinking helps a movement to progress and cause happenings in the real world.very famous samples are recent movements in middle east countries.

I checked an info-graphic showing some statistics of Facebook,according to it's numbers there are approximately 1 in every 13 people on the earth having Facebook account, half of them logging in every day.Also It says in just 20 minutes there are about 1,000,000 links shared, 1,484,000 events invited and 2,760,000 massages sent, this great numbers most of all shows very powerful effect of this networks on people,it's kind of real life but in virtual place! And in real life we do aware people about our issues,when you do it online, the big difference is great pace,and being this global.

So yes, I use it like many members and it's powerful tools empower me to share my issues about women and other subjects with my community. I am hopeful about this media and it's effects with accepting problems.


Claire Leland's picture

It is a small world

Hi Mahsa,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and fascination on social media's ability to connect people on the issues that count for them. I agree with what you say about being mindful when we post status updates: that the first line, or the "headline" should be carefully considered so that our intentions are clear -- and so that we can draw others into what we're thinking.

I'm curious to ask you about a couple of things I thought of when I read your entry. What is your view on headlines and their connection to the actual story itself? Do you think headlines accurately describe the content of a story (whether in a newspaper, on a blog, etc.?)

Also, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on women's access to Web 2.0 in your community.

Best wishes to you,


Iffat Gill's picture

Greetings from a Listener!

Dear Mahsa,

It was great to read your thoughts about the social media and different platforms that are used by people around the world for social networking. Iran was one of the first of the repressive regimes to see social media as a tool for social activism. I was looking forward to read more about your personal experience with it or of your friends or people close to you.

Keep writing and best wishes!

Iffat Gill

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