- By Pooky, Thai Intel’s economics journalist
Please do not ask me to prove this with statistics, but it is just that leading up to this Thai election, there was a discussion on Twitter-that while Facebook in Thailand is dominated by pro-establishment Thais-Twitter is a different story-where most who twittered are pro-democracy.
Yet with that, one can not really make a connection between Twitter and the Thai election result, that sees the forces of democracy winning the Thai election.
But clearly, Facebook in Thailand is mostly pro-establishment and Twitter is mostly pro-democracy.
I am not a tech expert to know all the ins and out of it all-but I have both Facebook and Twitter account.
And if Thai Intel readers were to research Thai Intel, the Thai establishment have for a long time targeted Facebook for a horde of activities-like sending in to Facebook social net-work spies to infiltrate and disrupt the pro-democracy net-works.
Then the cyber scouts, for some reasons, have found Facebook to be a very good feeding ground to weed out anti-establishments elements. Then, as those, anti-democracy activities goes on Facebook, the pro-establishment Thais have established themselves as the dominant force on Facebook-like looking at pro-establishment people-hundreds of them-they get massive numbers of fans.
But with Twitter it is a different story.
Twitter is different, there is very little witch hunting going on here-and for some reason, the pro-establishment Thais do not use it very much. Maybe it is the nature of Twitter, that makes propaganda and close net-work forming difficult.
Perhaps it is the ease of re-twitting and responding, that have such a major impact. I don’t know this is correct or not, but from my experience, on Facebook, I am just another person in a long-line that does not really matter. On Twitter, I can go global-with just so much ease.
But on Twitter-again with so much ease, I can directly, get in contact with anyone and respond to their Twitter. They say something-I can respond to them-and take the conversation global-and also at least to my followers.
The result, at Twitter, I have seen some extremely pro-establishment people, just turn into mush, with all the replies and respond to their Twitter. On Facebook, I think that sort of direct head on interaction-is somewhat spaced out and buffered more.
Maybe that is the nature of democracy-people interacting and exchanging ideas-and going global. Perhaps I am wrong, but it seems that there is nowhere to hide on Twitter.
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