Although the social network allowed them to make that clarion call in order to get their voices heard around the world, they immediately found out the limits of the social network. Governments and people from all over the world, including their own governments, began asking questions about them and wanted to know who represented them and their formal demands.
That's when everything came to a screeching halt! There was no real leader, no real organization to talk to, no real organizational infrastructure, no formal plan of execution or implementation strategy, etc. - just a group of people and sympathizers to the cause who were fed up with the status quo and desperately needed change in their lives.
They never really thought about the need to Virtual Organize their social network. So that once they made the clarion call, the world would know exactly who they are, what they want, who represents them, and how they want to pursue their demands once they have the world's attention. As a result of that lack of preparedness, they had no choice but to go back to Square One and rely on the very Same Old Brick and Mortar Status Quo for help in meeting their needs and aspirations; which meant going back to the fox and ask him to guard the chicken coop.
Results of a Lack of Virtual Organize Your Social Network Strategy
Not knowing How to Virtual Organize Their Social Network means that, after getting out their message to the world and, literally, shedding their blood, sweat and tears:
1. They had everyone guessing about who they were, what they represented, and who they were affiliated with. Their oppressors had a field day preying on everybody’s fear and ignorance by associating them with, and or linking them directly to, favorite bogeymen like Al Qaida, the Muslim Brotherhood, etc.
2. They had no choice but to go back to and rely on the same military or quasi-military institutions that were the bedrock and foundation of the oppressive regimes they have lived under for decades.
3. They had no choice but to go back to and rely on the same old political operatives and partners of the old regime they so despised to speak for them; operatives who have so-called "jumped ship" and turned over a new leaf in the direction of freedom and democracy. Can you really count on the fox to guard the chicken coop?
4. They had no choice but to allow these very Same Old Brick and Mortar Apparatchik to co-opt their revolution, and put their destiny in the hands of those who were, at the very least, complicit in their oppression and repression - hoping for the best; gambling that all their blood, sweat and tears would not have been in vain.
But You Do Have a Choice: Virtual Organize Your Social Network
As bleak as the current situation seems for social media activists, it really doesn't have to be that way. You do have a choice. If you would like to engage in any sort of social media activism and want to avoid the fate of the Arab Spring revolutionaries, then prepare yourself first by learning How to Virtual Organize Your Social Network. If you are a current social media activist and haven't yet learned How to Virtual Organize Your Social Network, it's never too late to get started. Better late than never.
Benefits of Knowing How to Virtual Organize Your Social Network
Once you learn how to virtual organize your social network, after you make your clarion call to the world and get their attention, you will be able to send out a clear message to the world about 1) who you are, 2) your real organizational infrastructure, 3) what you want, 4) who represents you and how to effectively communicate with them, and, last but not least, 5) a real execution strategy on how you want to pursue your demands.
So, what are you waiting for? Learn How to Virtual Organize Your Social Network!
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