Friday, June 5, 2009

Social Media in Indonesia Bolsters Movement

In Jakarta, a mother's cause becomes a movement:

“People power is real with Facebook, and seeing this reality I am so thankful there’s FB, and I keep thinking, what else can I strive for?” she said.

Ika’s Facebook site and the support and outcry in online virtual communities helped to shift the focus of major news media from days of domestic brouhaha over teen model Manohara Odelia Pinot and her dramatic return from Malaysia over to Prita.

And once major newspapers were putting Prita’s case on their front page, and TV and radio news stations were continuously reporting her case, political figures began to get involved.

The above may seem far from our focus on the Sarasota County Budget, but this blog is tracking both our community conversation in Sarasota while keeping an eye on benchmarks of social media along the way.

In that spirit: the Twitter food cart.

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