Photo: Twitter in 2011
Take a look at the 2011 seen from the perspective of Latinos on Twitter, their stories, achievements and their influence on the social-media revolution.
It was early in 2011 that it became evident that the little blue Twitter canary had evolved into a much larger bird capable of organizing protests, denouncing human rights violations and for this Latino, reuniting families.
Meet Daniel Morales:
A project for homeless people called ‘Underheard’ gave Daniel Morales a prepaid cell phone and helped him create a Twitter account. Daniel Morales got the idea that he could use Twitter to find his daughter, 27-year-old, Sarah Rivera.
He posted his cell phone number, Sarah’s name and a photo of her at age 16. The message spread through his Twitter followers and through their social networks. It reached her and she called him the next day.
Two days later they met in Bryant Park. Morales saw his grandchildren, ages four and one, for the first time.
“This is an awesome moment, I am rejoicing,” said Morales.
Twitter has evolved into a necessity; not being on it has become unthinkable for people and businesses alike, and with people signing up every day. Twitter hit 100 million users this year.
San Francisco’s Ravi Pina was frustrated with the lack of information about the city’s trains: were they canceled, delayed, or about to arrive? His solution was to create a system for commuters to crowdsource alerts through Twitter.
Over 400 people have signed up as contributors and over 7000 people follow the account.
If you’d like to build a similar system for the trains in your area, you can find out more here.
Stars have also started using Twitter to reach out to fans, such is the case of NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who used his account to invite more than a hundred fans to dinner. Last year, he took 85 loyal followers out for steaks. And two years ago took 64 followers out for shrimp — each time with invitations sent on Twitter.
Take a look at the charts below for a look at the Hispanic Hot topics on Twitter in 2011, and to see what celebrities signed on this year.
This year, Twitter made its way into the shirts of soccer players, was pivotal in the conflict between Anonymous and the Zetas, as well as in the rise of the #ArabSpring, the #OccupyWallSt movement, and the #Education protests throughout Latin America. How will this social-media revolution shape the 2012? give us your opinion in our forums section.