Twitter and the Turkish protests – post-weekend update

by Henry Farrell on June 3, 2013 · 7 comments

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Below is another guest-post from  Pablo Barberá and Megan Metzger. Again, this post is based on research conducted by NYU’s Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory.

Protests have continued over the weekend in Turkey, both in Istanbul and in other cities, and social media continues to play an important role. Our preliminary findings from the post still hold, as shown in the plots below. The hashtag #direngezipark is still the most popular and has been used in more than 1.8 million tweets as of this morning. In comparison, the hashtag #jan25 was used in less than one million tweets during the entire Egyptian revolution.

Furthermore, the volume of tweets related to the protest does not seem to have decreased significantly, even after three days of protest (click here for a visualization of tweets sent from Istanbul). However, we have also observed that the proportion of tweets in English has increased, as well as the number of tweets mentioning the hashtag #occupygezi. This could suggest both that protesters are attempting to increase international awareness, and that the international community itself is taking a greater interest in the protests. Given that around 85% of geocoded tweets are still being sent from within Turkey, it seems likely that the former is a more important factor in this change. Although these shifts mirror those seen in previous episodes of collective action where Twitter played an important role, the intensity in the use of social media in this particular protest makes it a unique case from a comparative perspective.

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{ 7 comments }

detroitli June 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm

güzel makale. tebrikler.

Jeff Johnson June 3, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Google translate says the above means: Nice article. Congratulations.

Andrew S. June 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Google Translate is correct.

Bugra June 3, 2013 at 9:49 pm

Thank you for research which let us visualize our efforts to make an awareness on what happens in turkey.
Please keep measuring and publishing report.

Ceren June 4, 2013 at 3:15 am

Thanx a lot for the article. Also thanx to United Kingdom, Belgiun, Holland and Germany! :)

Ozge Dolunay June 4, 2013 at 11:52 am

Very nice, also an interesting article about the situation. I also would like to see the map of overseas (i.e.USA, Canada, Australia…) . Thanks in advance…
Özge

Jameson Kismet Bell June 10, 2013 at 8:01 am

Thanks for the info: I have a question. What resources would be available to analyze the change in social media content posted, specifically for the recent events in Turkey but also for analyzing social changes. For Example, tweets with only text vs. tweets with images. As well as images of text vs. images of faces? I’m not interested in content but measuring a shift in the type of information shared.

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