Twitter Revolution


Setareh Sabety
by Setareh Sabety

The twitter account I had neglected for so long came to good use since the fraudulent election results on Friday.  I found out that when all else was down and it was hard to call or chat on other social network sites with friends, family and people in Iran I could find them on twitter. Once I started I could not give up. I found that there were students from Isfahan, Tehran and Rasht that were desperate to have their plight and struggle covered and disseminated. Every second a new tweet would describe in 140max. characters what was going in the streets and universities of Iran. In a matter of hours #IranElection (written like this in twitterese)became that most discussed topic and has remained so since. Twitter users forced CNN-with a campaign were you placed #cnnfail in your tweet- to start covering the situation in Iran more closely.

I found I myself sending tweets from iranians to news networks and personalities. Soon everyone was talking of how tweets from Iran were influencing media and getting CNN's attention. (see nytimes article) Whether all this helps the movement or not it certainly makes those tweeting from Iran, witnessing the human rights abuses in the besieged dorms and streets of Iran, feel like someone, in this case thousands of twitter users, is hearing their stories, seeing their photos and videos.

It has been an amazing few days, and Iranians of all walks of life and political parties all over the world are watching with different degrees of enthusiasm and hope.  Twitter is a great place to spread the word of the struggle for civil rights in Iran that is unraveling as I write this. So join me on Twitter to make this cyber support for the movement in Iran even bigger. For those of you not on twitter already: all you need to do is go to and sign up with a user name and a password and start tweeting! You can follow me on Twitter, username: SetarehSabety

In the words of one tweeter: The Revolution will not be televised it will be twitterized!


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US media is worthless

by shirazie (not verified) on

The news media 's biggest news was crying about they were thrown out.

Best news is on Twitter..

Iranian youth in "Iran" are amazing and brave...

Next is fire fight between the army and besij


A request from a tweeting friend

by IRANdokht on

change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become 'Iranians' it will be much harder to find them


Setareh Sabety

dear post comment

by Setareh Sabety on

I posted this on june 10th on why I changed my mind to vote for mousavi. and it is why I support the struggle in Iran. even more now than ever. please read it.
If you want to know what I tweet just follow me you will see.
I do not teach at bc. I went to bu. so you need not worry about where you apply. before you go attacking people study them. how could you have seen my earlier article before you saw my "change of mind" blog? Whatever.
I think we support the same cause. this is no time to bicker especially with someone who is my sons age!
good luck to you,


Mrs. Sabety

by postcomment (not verified) on

I was just reading your article again ("Why I will not vote for Moussavi"). Specially in the last part you mentioned this:

" will not vote because these candidates fail to inspire me enough to vote in a sham election that I do not really believe in in the first place! This two-faced posturing of the reformists tires me."

"This so called ‘reformist’ does not sound like even he believes in himself."

" opium addicts" as you described Moussavi.

Now I was wondering what you were twitting much on Twitter Mrs. Sabety. Something about the latest cooking recipes or that you didn't know how cool Twitter is?

Mrs. Sabety, does Moussavi who is supporting all the people out there on the streets and who won't give up until WE (who voted and thus NOT YOU) have clarification about our future..... DOES this man still fail to inspire you?

Mrs. Sabety,
Soon I will be an exchange student where I have to choose a cool university for the coming 6 month. I definately know to where NOT to go bc. I do not want to waste my time during the lectures and to hear about your apathetic and empty words.
Probably you exchange Twitter tips with students rather than getting serious.

Good luck to you.


Thank you Setareh jan

by IRANdokht on

As you know I've been following your tweets and posts. Thanks for all the information and updates.  

khasteh nabashi



more than 150,000 people are

by moo (not verified) on

more than 150,000 people are demostrating to Tajrish Sq.Basiji forces are ready to attack / in Tehran



#iranelection cyberwar guide

by moo (not verified) on

#iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners
Posted at June 16, 2009
The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through twitter.

Do NOT publicise proxy IP’s over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran.
Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are #iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the conversation.
Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please don’t retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.
Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.
Don’t blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please don’t publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but don’t signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep that in mind.
Denial of Service attacks. If you don’t know what you are doing, stay out of this game. Only target those sites the legitimate Iranian bloggers are designating. Be aware that these attacks can have detrimental effects to the network the protesters are relying on. Keep monitoring their traffic to note when you should turn the taps on or off.
Do spread the (legitimate) word, it works! When the bloggers asked for twitter maintenance to be postponed using the #nomaintenance tag, it had the desired effect. As long as we spread good information, provide moral support to the protesters, and take our lead from the legitimate bloggers, we can make a constructive contribution.
Please remember that this is about the future of the Iranian people, while it might be exciting to get caught up in the flow of participating in a new meme, do not lose sight of what this is really about. //

David ET

thanks . very important article

by David ET on

Communication systems in Iran are becoming more and more limited . Iranians are relying on each other and YOU to communicate with one another and the world. Twitter is on the edge of the news. Unfortunately iranian.comhas not revised its practiced at this important time to accomodate the extraordinary time with its close and delayed monitoring system and limiting blogs , having many burried in second and espcially limiting # of blogs. It does not even have a live feed nor offers that to its users.

Best place for news and networking to help those in Iran is now twitter and facebook. The people are helping the movement by distributing the news.

 Some twitters to follow and distribute their info:








you can follow me on Twitter @ Davidete

Here are some of my last twitts that you can also see it automatically updated on //

  • RT @IranRiggedElect: Gmail and yahoo instant messenger are blocked by government. people may use 15 minutes ago
  • RT @IranRiggedElect: On VOA today, Sazegara: "Sepaah officer from iran called me& disclosed Russians helped in designing the coup." #ira ... about 5 hours ago
  • Grand Ayatullah #Montazeri Calls for "Peaceful Protests" to "Reclaim Rights": // #Mousavi #iranelection about 5 hours ago
  • RT @IranRiggedElect: LATEST UPDATE: Hajarian's arrest confirmed by Abtahi's wife. #iranelection about 6 hours ago
  • RT @IranRiggedElect: via @melissssssaTehran Univ. protest continues, Sharif and Politechnic faculty joined the protest. #iranelection about 6 hours ago
  • just from iran. ahmadinejad plain clothers with butcher knife // about 6 hours ago

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    latest twitters indicate

    by m00 (not verified) on

    latest twitters indicate Army moving into Tehran...I have to leave for work but maybe some of you can keep up with twitter and post to the Iran threads?


    If you are on twitter (77+ /

    by moo (not verified) on

    If you are on twitter (77+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:mithra, deminva, Trix, copymark, mattman, PeterHug, Jay C, x, Matilda, JLFinch, housesella, bronte17, smugbug, stevej, pattisigh, ctsteve, jaywillie, Blank Frank, defluxion10, xxdr zombiexx, 3goldens, UFOH1, mjd in florida, playtonjr, Alan Arizona, viscerality, gwilson, Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse, sassysuzie, NC Dem, MBNYC, Helpless, frankzappatista, pgm 01, Winston Sm1th, yoduuuh do or do not, Jimdotz, Drowning Wave, jayden, snowshoeblue, TheCorkBoard, Terra Mystica, rogerdaddy, bkamr, NotGeorgeWill, gtnoah, elwior, Wes Opinion, pamelabrown, MrJayTee, Jeff Y, CupofTea, cameoanne, aufklaerer, soms, realwischeese, Flyswatterbanjo, choochmac, ppl can fly, JNSD, on2them, KroneckerD, BonnieSchlitz, shenderson, ItsSimpleSimon, SlackwareGrrl, NorthCacalakaGirlForBO, Joshish, Jane Lew, gobears2000, Rachel Q, Olon, sixthestate, sallym, notwisconsin, Archie2227, Jantman
    change your twitter settings to say you are in the Tehran timezone, and change your location to Tehran.

    Iranian censors are filtering by these settings to find dissidents, let's make that a little more difficult for them.