Facebook to change Iranian politics and mock labour party

by Claire 12/06/2009 05:25

However much this sounds like a wooly-jumpered father failing to impress: Iranian politicians are having a bash at 'getting down with kids.' With half of Iran's 46 million voters under 30 and an election that takes place tonight, candidates have been logging onto Facebook and "wielding the power of the Internet as a major campaign tool."

Candidate Mr. Mir-Hossein Mousavi warmed to this idea quite a lot and not only got onto good old facebook but also began brandishing the force of twitter and parading the power of youtube which seems to have made him lots of friends - 30,000 in fact.

"Reformists are using Facebook to bypass official state media, which explicitly or implicitly favors the current administration," said Mehdi Semati, associate professor of communication at Eastern Illinois University and editor of the book "Media, Culture and Society in Iran."

To put some perspective on this; in the UK Boris Johnson has 26,161 supporters and Gordon Brown only has 89 friends. Interestingly, a fake Gordon Brown Persona on the Facebook airwaves has gathered 459 supporters. Updates from the Fake Brown include news reports such as "Gordon Brown eats own hand".  Read all about it: here

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Facebook to get "vanity usernames"

by Claire 11/06/2009 10:20
News in: Facebook's going to be offering its 200 million the ability to replace a string of numbers with a username.  On 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 13 (5am on 13 June GMT for us in the UK) the floodgates will open like Selfridges on boxing day with hungry facebook customers jostling for their favourite 'pinkkittygirl' username - or more seriously, the many people that rely on a brand identity (with sites such as twitter, flickr, google, myspace, and domain names) and will hope to continue this through facebook.

One problem though: with over 10% of the world on facebook won't the usernames eventually become as long and as complex as the mass of numbers we started out life with?

More seriously, facebook have issued a warning:
 
"Think carefully about the username you choose. Once it's been selected, you won't be able to change or transfer it. If you signed up for a Facebook Page after May 31 or a user profile after today at 3 p.m. EDT, you may not be able to sign up for a username immediately because of steps we've taken to prevent abuse or "squatting" on names," they say.
 
So what about brands and celebrities that are too slow for this bandwagon? With Twitter busy this week creating 'verified accounts' for its users this week following a string of complaints from celebs about fake accounts, will Facebook come up with a response to this?


Maybe we shouldn't take ourselves so seriously all the time..
 
 

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