While twitter can be a distraction, an irritation or for some a waste of time; it has huge potential. As we watch the process of democracy in Iran being apparently corrupted Twitter is coming into its own. Twitter and other social networks are providing an outlet for news, a mode for communication and a pathway to the rest of the world. As we saw with the Earthquake in China and the terrorist bombings in Mumbai twitter can provide instant access and updates.
Social networks are providing a life line for those who are opposing injustice.
And this has been recognised not only by the Tweets but also on a governmental level. This article in Time states that twitter is the medium of the movement – http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1905125,00.html
Twitter search on #iranelection http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23iranelection