The Power of a Twitition

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  • June 22, 2009
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

Last week we started a Twitition asking Google Earth to update satellite images of Tehran which received 6084 signatures. Within 24 hours Google had done exactly what we asked for.

Many of you have been letting us know through Tweets, emails, blog posts, message boards, and even an online petition that you’re very interested in seeing recent satellite imagery of Tehran. Well, we’ve heard your requests and over the past few days have been working with our satellite imagery partner GeoEye to make this possible. We just received updated satellite imagery of Tehran, taken on Thursday the 18th at approximatly 11:18am local time.

The week before @ryanbarr started a Twitition asking AT&T to offer reasonable iPhone 3GS upgrade prices. With almost 15,000 signatures it’s the most popular Twitition yet and was credited by several news sources in forcing AT&T to modify their pricing.


AT&T said today it is modifying its upgrade policy for the new iPhone after existing customers of the popular device protested the $200 price difference they would have to pay if they wanted the new iPhone 3Gs, due out Friday.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 14,000 people on the microblogging site Twitter had signed a “twitition,” — a Twitter petition — asking AT&T to “offer reasonable iPhone 3GS upgrade prices.”

The Inquirer stated:

US CARRIER AT&T has bowed to consumers over pricing of the Iphone 3GS thanks to a grass roots Twitter campaign. A similar effort aimed at O2 is gathering followers in the UK.

At the heart of the beef with the network operators is the astronomical initial cost of the 3GS handset and the distinct lack of an affordable upgrade path from its predecessor.

Initially AT&T had in mind to charge all muggles $399 for the new Iphoney, whether they’d bought an earlier version a few days ago or not. But Twitterer @Twititions gathered enough followers to pressure AT&T which has decided $199 is a fairer upgrade price.

The moral of this story is that if you want to get something done, start a Twitition about it.

On another note Twitition now uses Oauth which means you can sign petitions in a couple of clicks without handing over your password.

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