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State Department Tweets in Farsi, Follows Fake Ahmadinejad

The State Department began a Farsi language Twitter feed this weekend, in what looks like an attempt to inspire Iranians to follow the cues of the Egyptian people after the successful removal of President Hosni Mubarak.

USA darFarsi has Tweeted three times so far, first to encourage Iranians to join the conversation, then to accuse their government of hypocrisy in their support of the uprising in Egypt.

The feed follows a few journalists, embassy people, and Alec Ross, the ubergeek interdisciplinary Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  In a nod to those steeped in social media culture, it also follows a fake feed for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad–which includes Tweets with words like “dickweed” and repeated mentions of Satan.

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News About the Egyptian Revolution Came from Across the Media Spectrum

Egyptians celebrating news that President Mubarak is stepping down. Photo: Dylan Martinez, Reuters

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down from power after 18 days of nonstop protest by the Egyptian people. With cheers still coming from Tahrir Square, Wolf Blitzer was already asking Wael Ghonim where the next revolution would take place. (Video after the jump.) Ghonim is the Google exec who was held by Egyptian authorities and revealed to be behind an influential Facebook page, “We are All Khaled Said.”

“Ask Facebook,” Ghonim responded.

As the revolution in Egypt unfolded, the media discussed the impact social media was having. But when social networks and mobile connections were interrupted, the Egyptian people used traditional communications methods to get their message out too. Together, the old and new spread news of what was happening around the world.

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Egyptian Government Taking Drastic Steps to Interrupt Communications

Photo: Jim Hollander/European Pressphoto Agency

The Egyptian government is taking dramatic measures to silence the news of the continued uprising happening in that country.

It has been widely reported that journalists including CBS News‘ chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan, correspondent Brian Hartman and other members of the ABC News crew, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, and journalists from international outlets have been detained, threatened, and attacked. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called it “unacceptable” and demanded the immediate release of any journalists arrested.

However, it’s not just reporters that have been feeling pressure from the authorities.

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Egypt Uprising Draws Visitors to Al Jazeera English

Photo: Ben Curtis, AP

With news today that Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak will not seek another term, it appears that the protesters who have taken to the streets are exacting change in their country.

Al Jazeera is also reaping rewards from its efforts to cover the protests. The English-language version of the news channel, which launched four years ago, has seen a leap in its viewers over past days. According to the Wall Street Journal, the site had 110,000 viewers simultaneously during a recent Friday. Usually, it has between 5,000 and 10,000.

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