Monday, July 13, 2009
First some bad news: #Iranelection is now off the trending topics list on Twitter, and not due to any single event either:
A lot of liveblogging of events in Iran has also stopped, which is a pity as events there are no less fluid than they were just after the election.
Either that or Montazeri's fatwa issued against the government. Both of these are pretty significant developments that show that the situation is nowhere near to settling down.
Edit a few hours later (11:30 am in Iran): #Iranelection is back on the trending topics, though at the very bottom.
Fast forward to 9:30 pm in Iran and #Iranelection is out of the trending topics again. It's looking like it may take a newsworthy event to bring it back to any real prominence again.
The Christian Science Monitor has a good article here on some of the other methods being employed to resist, including turning on all the appliances at the same time at certain times of the day to burn out the electrical grid. The good thing about this tactic is that it's completely safe, and lets even those physically weak or too afraid to go out onto the streets add to the protest as well. This tactic has been reported on Twitter a lot though, quite a bit since Ahmadinejad's speech last week where many turned on their appliances when it started in order to overrun the electricity grid and turn off all the TVs in the area.