Thursday, May 28, 2009
Ahmadinejad (top left) - you all know him, he wants a second termFirst of all, some stats. Yesterday's post noted that internet users in Iran have grown to 23 million from 7.5 million last election, and mobile phone usage has naturally grown as well. According to this site, mobile phone ownership has increased from 40% in 2005 (last election) to 65% in 2007, so maybe around 75% right now.
Rezaei (bottom left) - he's a former commander of the Revolutionary Guard, and even more of a hardliner than Ahmadinejad. His role will be to take hardliner votes away from those disappointed in Ahmadinejad.
Mousavi (top right) - the other main contender, he was endorsed by former president Khatami and has reformist tendencies. He was prime minister in the 1980s.
Karroubi (bottom right) - reformist, and also the only cleric running for office. Says he'll support Mousavi in the second ballot if there is a runoff. It's also possible that he might drop out earlier to support Mousavi.
We can also use Google Trends to gauge the online interest in each candidate. Here they are matched up against each other - note that this is for searches in Persian; the English names have been added by me.
You can see that Mousavi is well ahead of the others in terms of online interest, Ahmadinejad and Karroubi are nearly equal (and don't forget Ahmadinejad gets a lot of free publicity simply for being president), while Rezai is down there at the bottom.
Another way to gauge the online interest in the four candidates is to check their Twitter traffic. An easy way to do this is to check to see how long it takes each candidate to fill up x number of pages of search terms on Twitter. Let's see how long it takes each one to fill up three pages.
Mousavi: 9 hours
Ahmadinejad: 12 hours
Karroubi: 11 hours
Rezaei: slightly over a day
- Poll shows Mousavi taking the lead with 38% to 34% for Ahmadinejad
- Mousavi supporters decked out in green
- More on Mousavi's wife, this time at an appearance in Tabriz (his hometown)
- Reformists using the internet to rally supporters
- Mousavi goes after Ahmadinejad on high (25%) inflation
- Ahmadinejad warns opponents against using "lies, insults and exaggerations" in the election
- Ahmadinejad defends Iranian presence in Latin America
- Ahmadinejad says Western powers have been using the Holocaust to play the role of innocent victims
- Ahmadinejad supporters not happy with reformists using green and white
- Huffington Post - Rezaei open to talks with the West on Iran's nuclear program, calls Obama's election victory a significant change in American policy towards Iran, says Ahmadinejad's questioning of the Holocaust "not useful" for Iran's standing on the world stage
- Rezaei explains policies for a youthful Iran