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Occupy Protestors Tread The Social Networking Route

Techie Occupy Wall Street protesters are planning to create a social networking meant primarily for organising protests and getting people together for various causes.

In the year 2011, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook helped protesters to spread their cause and garner support across the world. What started out as a minor protest comprising of a handful of people turned into a worldwide protest thanks to the use of social media.

According to Wired (opens in new tab), after seeing the impact social media platform have had on protests worldwide, several Occupy Wall Street protesters are creating their own social networking platform aimed at spreading awareness about a particular cause and rallying people for protests.

Ed Knutson, a web and mobile app developer, who is a part of the group of protesters that are creating the social network, said that one of the primary reasons behind the platform is that they don't want Facebook to have access to the private messages sent between protesters.

"I don't want to say we're making our own Facebook. But, we're making our own Facebook. We don't want to trust Facebook with private messages among activists," he said.

The activist also explained that in order to join the network, people would be sponsored by an existing member of the social network.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.