#OccupyGezi: The Power of Images

A Data Study on the Viral Power of Images

The Uprising

Tens of thousands took the streets in Turkey after three days of police violence and media silence

On 27th May, 2013, around fifty people camped on Gezi Park, near Istambul Taksim Square, in order to avoid its trees being torn down on the basis of an urbanistic development project widely rejected. They did not only cared about the Park (This isn’t just about a Park), but also about a city, a society and political model gone wrong.

The violent eviction of those early activists (whose camping tents were burned), spread through social networks and protests increased: More and more people arrived at Gezi Park. On May 31th, police clashed with citizens in a really harsh way, using gases and water directly on their bodies. Media indifference and Erdogan’s authoritarianism, did the rest. As a result, on 1st of June, turkish people took the streets.

Viral notes

Date Ranges
2013/06/02 21:05:01 GMT - 2013/06/08 18:16:32 GMT
Number of tweets including the image:
Original image tweet
Viral hubs (>10RT)
Viral half-life
25m 55'' to reach half of tweets (2505)
Diffusion speed peak
11.2 tweets/second
Estimated reach
4099293 accounts
This powerful image leads to the most powerful viralization on the dataset, with a lot of tweets (5009), a short viral half-life (around 25 minutes), and @YourAnonNews plus @AnonOpsLegion accounts really driving the spread of information. It also features the highest viral peak (11.2 tweets/seconds) of all the dataset, around 21:07 GMT
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