Friday, April 8, 2011

Anna Hazare's fight grows via SMSes,Facebook

  | New Delhi, April 7, 2011 | Updated 10:30 IST

Anna Hazare's campaign against corruption may be rooted in Gandhian values, but it's getting much support from modern communication tools.
Mobile movement
Just like in the West Asian and African prodemocracy movements, modern telephony has greatly helped spread the message of Anna's resolve to go on an indefinite fast.
The organisers had sent group SMSes at random, asking people to give missed call on a certain number to express their solidarity. And, the result was astonishing. More than 7 lakh such missed calls were registered.
FB portal flooded
Talking of technology, the internet revolution cannot be ignored. Not the least by India Against Corruption. A country anguished by the stupendous rise in corruption has chosen the organisation's Facebook portal to give vent to its feelings. Else, the number of its FB members wouldn't have swelled from 5 lakh to a staggering 12 lakh in two days flat. Better still, the count is growing every minute and so are the number of its followers on Twitter.
Anna Hazare's campaign in numbers
40,106 is the number of people who 'like' Hazare's 'India Against Corruption' page on Facebook, called 'Indiacor'.
400 locations across world are seeing similar protests, including Montreal, San Jose, Minneapolis & Amsterdam.
7 lakh people have expressed solidarity with the movement by giving a missed call on 022-61550789

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