Fall of Berlin Wall Anniversary, Social Media Roudup
With the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall fast now upon us, various social media services are commemorating the historic occasion in their own unique way. Of course, when the Berlin Wall fell two decades ago,Television was the dominant media with all the networks broadcasting using The Wall as a backdrop.
Now, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook are all addressing anniversary. Indeed, many of the people who use these services were not even alive when the Wall fell.
Here now is a look at what social media services and how users are leveraging social media to acknowledge the anniversary.
Twitter: The Berlin based organization the Kulturprojekte has created The Berlin Twitter Wall. Users use the hashtag #FOTW (Fall Of The Wall) to leave their thoughts about the fall of the Berlin Wall in 140 characters. What is fascinating is the number of posts in Chinese. The China Digital News translated these posts, many of which spoke about the Great Chinese Firewall - referring of course to restrcitions placed on people trying to use interenet sites such as Twitter. Here is a sample as translated by the China Digital News
“The wall built for others will eventually become a grave for the builders. #fotw” – by liujiang
“#fotw It has been twenty years, and we are still in the Wall.” - twitter user gengmao
“#FOTW All Chinese on the electronic Berlin Wall, spectacular!” – twitter user peterlue
“My apologies to German people a million times [for taking over this site]. But I think if Germans learn about our situation, they would feel sorry for us a million times.” – twitter user ChrisicGong
Youtube: The online video site has launched a channel to commeroate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Youtube wants users to answer the question How is Freedome of Expression online important to you? Check out some a sampling of the videos this page inlcuding one from Jimmy Wales the founder of Wikipedia. In fact, Youtube is a great source of material on all things related to The Berlin Wall
Facebook There are number of groups dedicated to The Berlin Wall on Facebook some serious, some in "fun", some fascinating - none seems to have any serious traction