I was recently contacted by someone who had taken a look at my own blog, a blog that I began last year and started to discuss Google+ and the impact it can have on businesses. Well anyway this person contacted me with this video:
Events such as the Arab Spring and the continuation of those revolutions into the summer and now even into the winter are fueled by social media. As it points out in the video one person’s status update or Tweet can be seen by hundreds of thousands if not millions. This massive influence one person or organization can have on a country has been seen in these middle eastern movements.
With 800 Million Users Social Media is Felt now More than Ever
A person can now Tweet the an major historic event like the death of Osama Bin Laden or the stepping down of the Egyptian President and people not only receive the information but also have the chance to react to that information.
The power of social media has been seen to create movements that have forced government regimes out of office. These protests are not due to just the negative actions of these govenments but also due to the people ability to mobilize and protest to oppose the tyranny that had for so long oppressed these hard working citizens.
The fuel behind the mobilizing of these concerned citizens has been social media and the unity it creates between like minded individuals. These country men use social media to end injustice and oppression while here in America we Tweet about “1st World Problems” and television shows. The power of social media is not that it is a public forum for people to post their rants and raves but instead its ability to mobilize and spur into action.
Facebook and Twitter’s true idenity and power were unlocked in the Middle East the past few months and it is time that Americans come to understand this true power.
How about instead of updating the social media about your newest TV show or outfit we use social media as a way to spread positive change in the world and help influence our peers to do the same? Social media can be a tool for change as it has been for people in the Middle East. Let us be the first generation to use this tool for a everlasting impact on our society.