[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/TECH/06/23/why.retweet.twitter/art.twitter.gi.jpg caption="Social networking tools like Twitter were a major source of breaking news from Iran"]
One of the striking aspects of the #IranElection crisis has been the heavy use of social media. Iranians have relied on it to spread information on protests and to communicate their situation to millions of concerned people worldwide.
In fact, so much has been recorded via social media that it is possible to understand the progression of events through it. Thus, we have built a timeline of events utilizing information recorded via social media. This timeline uses Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Wikipedia to paint a broad picture of the situation, as well as the growing conversation around it.
June 12: The Election
On Friday, June 12th, Iran held its Presidential Elections. According to the official (but now disputed) vote tally, Ahmadinejad secured 24.5 million votes, or 62.6 percent, while Mousavi garnered 13.2 million votes, or 33.7 percent.
Social media was already tracking the results as they occurred. We have provided snippets from Wikipedia, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube, as well as links to the searches, articles, and multimedia referenced here.
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