Iran Plugged In

Looking at the impact of the Internet in Iran

Persian Blogosphere Map

Harvard’s Berkman Center’s Internet and Democracy Project presents an interactive Iranian blogoshere map.


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Facebook is the Social Network of Choice in Iran

socal-network-world-mapAccording to this article on TechCrunch, with original source by Vincenzo Cosenza, Facebook is the social network of choice in Iran.

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Online Sites Bolster Participation in Elections

This great article describes how online sites like Facebook and Twitter are being used by the primary candidates in Iran’s upcoming presidential elections. It appears that candidates like Mir Houssain Mousavi are following the lead of President Barack Obama who successfully used sites like Facebook to grow his campaign. It appears Mousavi is far more high tech than his rival Ahmadinejad.

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MSN Messenger Blocked in Iran

According to ITP, Microsoft has opted to turn off Windows Live Messenger in Iran, Cuba, Syria, North Korea, and other countries subject to US sanctions.

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China is Definitely Plugged In

Juicy facts:

  • China has approximately 14,000,000 domain names registered under “.cn”.
  • 298 million Internet users.
  • 117.6 million out of the current 640 million registered cellphone holders using the Internet on their phones, and 70.8% of those users under 19.
  • Sites are censored in China.
  • Having blogs is about five times more popular in China than it is in the US


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Iran Ranks #32

According to this article, Iran ranks #32 in the world in terms of number of websites.

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Ahmadinejad Launches Online Grassroots Campaign

Ahmadinejad supporters have launched a multimedia campaign called Dar Emtedad Mehr (meaning ‘Following Kindness’)covering social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and other online media.
The site offers news updates of Ahmadinejad’s speeches and visits to different cities on YouTube via Twitter, Facebook, or SMS messages. So far less than 15 people have “followed” the Dar Emtedad Mehr campaign on Twitter.


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