What 32 million Indians made of Twitter

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 21, 2016 13:42 IST
Twitter is what people make of it. And India has used Twitter as a megaphone at some very serious moments, as well as celebratory ones. (Twitter)

It’s live, opinionated, noisy and an increasingly significant source of news and information in India. For over a decade, Twitter has been used to socialise, celebrate, make people aware and even blaze movements. Despite having been through a turmoil internally, Twitter as a medium has been robust. It’s been at the centre of most debates, movements and incidents. At AllThingsD conference in 2011, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told the audience that, “We don’t have an answer, and that’s O.K.” He felt that way because like every social network, Twitter is what people make of it. And its 32 million users in India have used Twitter as a megaphone at some very serious moments, as well as celebratory ones.

#MumbaiTerroristAttacks was covered intensively by television crews, but only Twitter was able to give us an idea of the situation inside. From hostages to people outside the Taj hotel, everyone chose Twitter to make sure the country knew the ground realities of the situation.

#IndiaWinsCricketWorldCup after 28 years and Twitter, as expected, is flooded with celebratory tweets.

#Nirbhaya incident evoked shock, outrage and protest which spanned from the social media to the streets.

#ThankYouSachin was Twitter’s way of bidding farewell to their beloved cricketer and according to the BCCI, it generated 3 million Tweets with fans sharing photographs signed by Sachin among memorable moment’s from the legend’s career.

#LokSabhaElection of 2014 saw politicians use Twitter extensively for their campaigns to an extent that even the first celebrations of the result was with a tweet.

#Rajinikanth joins Twitter.

#MarsOrbiter reaches Mars and has a chat with NASA’s curiosity rover via Twitter.

#TajMahal beat the Eiffel Tower at joining Twitter.

#HappyDiwali generated 1.8 million tweets in 2015 with the debut of a special Diwali emoji and the Diwaliontwitter.com website collating all of them.

#ChennaiFloods saw Twitter being used to provide reports, disseminate critical information and coordinate local relief efforts during the record-breaking floods at the end of 2015.

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