Turks at Twitter: #Recep Bey, @notredamedesion @ahmethc @cbabdullahgul- Introducing Turkish Cybersphere (9)

New CHP leader’s addressing of PM Erdoğan as “Recep Bey” became a Twitter phenomena a few days ago (The Istanbulian: What Is Recep Bey?) AKP members responded by setting up a website called Recep Bey (http://www.recepbey.com/) and began striking back. In the mean time, Kılıçdaroğu gained quite a number of fans at Facebook (Turkish opposition candidate Kılıçdaroğlu wins fans on Facebook) while Turkey’s President Abdullah Gül started tweeting, too (www.twitter.com/cbabdullahgul). Turkish President Gül thanks Twitter followers but many Twitter users are complaining about the fact that the President does not follow anybody. Right now he has 18,444 followers and he follows NO ONE, well, this has to change. And like many other officials, his writing is not yet in line with social media parlance.

In the mean time, I would like to point two Turkish columnists who use Twitter quite effectively: Ahmet Hakan Coşkun (@ahmethc- 29486 followers) and Nazlı Ilıcak (@notredamedesion- 12864 followers). I am surprised how they actually respond to ordinary users and how they created a new buzz and journalistic space in addition to their already popular columns….

In the mean time, Kılıçdaroğlu, who is supported by much of Turkish mainstream media, got a minor attack by Twitter users. His (faux) populism is a little bit wounded now:

Kılıçdaroğlunun ilk açığını twitter yakaladı
Turkish Twitter users began to tease Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu’s “populism” by pointing out his Etro brand shirt.

A sum up of twitter critiques here and here and here.

In the mean time, check out a few sites from Turkish cyber sphere:



7 examples of digital enterpreneurship in Turkey. Here.

A new portal for serials fans in Turkish: Dizi Mizi.

And workers have a web TV now: Unionists try new media opportunities:
Check out: www.sendika.org and www.sendika.tv

AND ANY SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME FOR THE NEXT SERIES OF TURKISH CYBERSPHERE POSTS. I am preparing a list of Turkey based relationship sites, for instance…

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