#OccupyGezi: The Power of Images

A Data Study on the Viral Power of Images

The activist kit

The Twitter bird with a gas mask recall what were the most valuable weapons activists

Between 31st of May and 1st of June there were at least 2 million tweets that mentioned any of the protest related hashtags like #direngeziparki (950,000 tweets), #occupygezi (170,000 tweets) or #geziparki (50,000 tweets). A map reflected twitter activity, and showed the intensive use of this network.

The answer to this activity from the authorities were twenty-five arrests and statements of Erdogan in which he addressed the concern caused by social networks: "There is now a menace which is called Twitter. The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society". No surprises. The establishment feels misplaced in a world that is hard to understand for them and does not count on them. Barlow anticipated already in its Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace in Davos in 1996.

Viral notes

Date Ranges
2013/06/06 11:10:21 GMT - 2013/06/11 16:07:47 GMT
Number of tweets including the image:
Original image tweet
Viral hubs (>10RT)
Viral half-life
37min 45'' to reach half of tweets (1007)
Diffusion speed peak
2.9 tweets/second
Estimated reach
An example of a slow but steady viralization: @YourAnonNews (1163544 followers at the moment) and @AylinAsLIM (the turkish rock singer, with 659633 followers at the moment), join forces to power-up the diffusion of the iconic bird image, that reach its viral half-life at just 37 minutes, in spite of not having a high viral peak (2.9 tweets/second)
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