With their presidential elections coming up in a few weeks, Iran has decided to block Twitter and Facebook from being accessed within the country. Why? Because marketing on Twitter and Facebook was apparently working too well.
According to the report, which was featured on Bloomberg.com, opponents of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been using Twitter and Facebook to distribute news, information and ideas. The main opponent involved is Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who is reportedly very popular with young people in the country — especially with college students.
While this is obviously a very complicated subject, it goes to show the viral power of Twitter and Facebook. If a country decides to block these two websites in an attempt to slow the exchange of information, that’s a good sign that marketing on Twitter and Facebook is worth your time.