Andy Carvin is a man that many people like to follow, and you can too on Twitter. He works for NPR and tweets news from around the world. If you’re not up to date on twitter check out our earlier post on the Evolution of Twitter.
Andy Carvin was very active when it came to staying updated on the events happening during the Arab Spring that took place in early 2011. Although he was not physically present during the various protests and uprisings, he maintained up to date information and contact with many civilians and reporters that were present. In doing this he was able to track the movement of this event across many countries.
If you’re not familiar with the Arab Spring here a great video to watch.
The Arab Spring was/is when the people of many countries decided that “the power of the people was stronger than the people in power.” Protests spread across the Middle East and Northern Africa in many countries such as Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Yemem, and many others.
Now how does Twitter have anything to do with this? Well the people were able to tweet about what they were seeing and where the protests were going to happen. This allowed them to gather together and unite as a country and for the whole world to hear their voice.
We continue to see Twitter being used today almost two years later in the same way in the Israel and Palestine conflict, although this time rather it be people vs. government, it is people vs. people.
Twitter can become a very powerful tool, and we can learn how to do that from Carvin. He has built strong relationships with people around the world where he can watch their tweets or ask them to confirm the information so he can be sure that what he retweets is true.