When six major powers and the government of Iran came to an agreement about curbing Iran’s nuclear capabilities in Geneva last week, the news broke on Twitter.
In fact, one of the key participants tweeted the historic agreement. This is how he and others used Twitter to tell the story.
Be the first to break the news
After several days of negotiation, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif (@JZarif) was the first to break the news on November 23. His Tweet has received more than 5,900 Retweets and nearly 4,800 favorites.
Use hashtags to join the conversation
As the news spread, the officials from various governments (participants and onlookers) joined the conversation to share their support, or dissent, using the hashtags #Iran and #IranTalks. Through the use of these hashtags, leaders and government agencies from around the world brought the conversation into one virtual room.
The U.S. State Department (@StateDept) tweeted this optimistic message from Secretary of State John Kerry:
Agreement in Geneva: first step makes world safer. More work now. -JK #IranTalks— Department of State ( @StateDept) November 24, 2013
British Foreign Secretary William Hague (@WilliamJHague) credits the art of diplomacy.
The @WhiteHouse cited President Obama applauding diplomacy’s far-reaching impact.
President Obama on #Iran: “Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure.”— The White House ( @WhiteHouse) November 24, 2013
Not everyone welcomed the news, however. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) tweeted his disapproval of the deal.
What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement; it is an historic mistake— Benjamin Netanyahu ( @netanyahu) November 24, 2013
Curate the best content with custom timelines
Journalists and news organizations were quick to share the historic news with their readers. Curating Tweets from world leaders in a custom timeline in TweetDeck is one way journalist @AnthonyQuintano shared updates as the story unfolded. He aggregated the best Tweets about the #IranTalks, helping people find the latest news in real time.
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