The more I read about the Iranian Election and look at protest pictures, the more nervous I get. After I looked at the latest slew of pictures posted by @phirm (on Twitter), I could feel my heart breaking. Americans take voting and democracy for granted everyday, to the point of not participating because whomever is running for office doesn’t mesh with their personal views 100%.
I really want to help the Iranians, in any way I can. Here are some actions you can take, if you blog or have a Twitter account. (List has been compiled from various tweets and this site).
- Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are #iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the conversation.
- Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please don’t retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.
- Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.
- Don’t blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please don’t publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but don’t signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep that in mind…
I asked Mike Phirman (@phirm) how to change my Twitter settings, and he replied: “@irishswtpea Yeah, you can change it in the “Settings” menu, under “Account” (Tehran is pretty far down the list.) Crazy stuff, right?” Seriously crazy. Oregonstateuniv (our official OSU Twitter account) posted: “Some really moving photos from an Oregon State alum in Tehran: http://bit.ly/mzHIo via the Oregonian #IranElection“.
If you use Twitter, please RT: RT @irishswtpea Iranian protestor pictures: http://bit.ly/1k9Zd Share with your friends! Spread the word. #iranelection
Hopefully this can help garner support for those in trouble in Iran. I know we can’t go over and manhandle them like we would secretly like to, but prayer always helps.