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Strength of communicating through social media

  • Burhanuddin Abe

    Contributor

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 2 2011   /  11:14 am

Today, telecommunications are not limited to voice only but use a combination of cellular phone technology and the Internet, which has changed the way people communicate. One can now interact with others through computers and mobile gadgets or a combination of various devices.Currently, Web 2.0 has a unique characteristic because it is interactive rather than a one-sided form of communication.One growing phenomenon is obviously social media. Facebook is the world’s third largest “country” with a “population” of more than 500 million, and Twitter is a “home” where millions of netizens reside with millions of aspirations and opinions.It was this great power that prompted the Egyptian government to block the Twitter micro blogging site on Jan. 27, 2011 to avoid widespread demonstrations and protests in the country. The Egyptian government appeared worried that people’s dissa...