#euco and Berlusconi: the power of TwitterPosted: December 17, 2010
Italian tweeter-res used this opportunity to protest S Berlusconi – who very narrowly won a confidence vote this week – mostly by tweeting quotes from il calvaliere. (full disclosure: I retweeted some of them, since Berlusconi’s quotes can be ridiculously funny). The italian tweets quickly took over the twit-wall and the Council decided to shut it down early.
Italian tweeter-ers are continuing the movement by trying to push #mpietropoli, an hashtag derived from the name of one of the user (@mpietropoli) identified by the guardian as key to the tweet-wall shutdown, in the Trending Topics of twitter.
Those are the facts. Now what is my conclusion ? This story shows how much twitter can be a place where people can express their opinion and be part of a protesting campaign, with a real effect (in that case, shutting down the tweet-wall). Those tweets were the twitter equivalent of protester shooting in front of the Justus Lipsius.
In short: Twitter is a place of expression and people are using it was such, not only to tell the world they are having a sandwich for lunch, but also to raise their voices as citizens.