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This revolution is being televised -- on YouTube

I'm going off point today to talk about something different -- the way the social media, starting with Twitter, is playing a central role in the upheaval in Iran and the manner in which other online media, including YouTube, is providing the public around the globe with a street-level view of events.

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What is happening in Iran -- an uprising against a truly evil theological dictatorship -- is happening in large part due to social media. We are virtually seeing a revolution in real time.

Whether it's Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, immediate online reports from newspaper, or various blogs, the time gap between an event and its reporting has closed to dramatic levels.

This is historic. The implications for media and freedom are enormous.

So what's going on? Let's start here, with 10 compelling YouTube videos from the streets, as compiled by Mashable.

As we reported earlier this week, thousands of Iran-related videos are being uploaded to YouTube every day, revealing first-hand accounts of the crisis to the world. Some are incredible, some are eye-opening, and other shock you to your very core.

Elsewhere on the site, Mashable reports on these eye-popping statistic:

The use of Twitter has been immense #IranElection has been a top trending topic for days, as have terms like Iran, Tehran, Ahmadinejad, and Mousavi. But while there have been 10,000 to 50,000 tweets at any hour mentioning “Iran”, it peaked yesterday (Wednesday) at 221,744.

Want to get in on the action, at least from a reader's perspective? Here is how to track developments in Iran on Twitter and social media.

Here's are some informative reads on the role new media is playing:

New York Times: Twitter on the Barricades: Six Lessons Learned.

Daily Kos: Iran, a Twitter coup

InvestorSpot: Facebook revolution ratchets up.

CNET: Google, Facebook rush Iranian language support.

Jeff Jarvis: The API revolution

And finally, a good aggregator of news, tweats, etc. recommended by Jarvis. Folks, this is a face of future media.

Interesting stuff. Think we could tweet our way to a revolution in Albany?

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