At the height of the post-election protests in Iran last summer, American media were abuzz with glee at the prospect that the paragon of utopian social media--Twitter--might actually play a key role in liberating Iranians from tyranny. We discussed this hyperbole-free topic a few times here at Growthology, but it seems that we now have actual evidence (as opposed to fact-free speculation) as to the role Twitter played. And? Quite small:
"[The study shows that such a tiny proportion of Iranians are on Twitter that any stories about a new movement based on the social network are meaningless."