CNBC's "#TwitterRevolution" Will Premiere on Wednesday, August 7th
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It's been called the pulse of the planet – home to Lady Gaga, LeBron, foreign revolutionaries,journalists, tech geeks and the Pope himself. CNBC tells the story behind the rise of Twitter, the social media giant whose 200 million active users have made it a fixture at home and around the world. Some 400 million tweets fly through the air every day – snippets of sarcasm and snark,humor, headlines, corporate come-ons, thoughtful analysis and mindless drivel. In just seven years, Twitter has radically altered media,politics, activism, and advertising, and many predict the company will go public by next year. Twitter, once a novelty, is now the New Big Thing.
CNBC correspondent Carl Quintanilla interviews Twitter founder Jack Dorsey about the company's inception, and reports on how law enforcement, journalists and concerned citizens exploited the online service during the Boston Marathon bombing investigation. The documentary explores the culture of gossip and rumor on Twitter that inflamed a scandal at a Connecticut high school, and goes behind the scenes with the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs to see how the NBA's front office, and its biggest stars, use Twitter to drive fan interest.
Quintanilla also profiles young dissidents using Twitter to protest oppressive regimes in the Middle East, and reports on how sending out the wrong tweet can land you in prison. The CNBC original documentary, #TwitterRevolution, premieres on Wednesday, August 7 at 9PM ET/PT.
Following areembedabble clips from the documentary:
- Is Twitter The Downfall of Civilization? http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000187848 - Twitter CEO Dick Costolo reacts to those who say Twitter is the beginning of the end of the civilized world.
- Miami Heat's Chris Bosh on Twitter: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000187810 - Miami Heat Forward Chris Bosh, who has over a million followers, says that he doesn't let Twitter, or his haters, get to him, especially in the middle of the NBA finals.
- Twitter's 'Miraculous' Turning Point: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000185240 - According to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, the social media platform came of age in 2009 when US Airways Flight 1549 ditched in the Hudson. In that "miraculous" moment, an eyewitness to the event caught the world's attention and showed that Twitter had transformed the way we can get the news.
- Twitter: The Voice of Protest: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?play=1&video=3000187809 - Bahraini protester Maryam Al-Khawaja explains how she discovered the power of Twitter and what it means in the Middle East.
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