By Kate Foley
The world is in a state of uproar. Marches, protests and riots throughout the world have always been around, but emerging technology is making citizens more globally aware than ever before. The reasons for conflict are many. Citizens are moving to overthrow their leaders, students are protesting university budget cuts and new political parties are rising to preach their values. Whatever the reason, these movements are making statements in big ways. And many are using a common tool to bring like-minded people together — social networks.
“Most of these revolutions are being completely fueled by people using social media,” says Joe B. Vaughn, Jr., author of the revolution manual The Suburban Manifesto – How To Get City Hall To Do Exactly What You Want.
International uprisings are all beginning on the same forums: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to name a few. Individuals are unsatisfied, so they look to the web — the quickest and easiest source for answers. There, they can find millions of others who share their views, and together they form a movement to make a change. The following countries used social media to their political advantage.