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Posts by Shadi Rahimi

About Shadi Rahimi

Shadi Rahimi is a deputy producer of engagement at AJ+. She writes a monthly column for Poynter.
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Ferguson: On parachuting in and breaking news on Twitter

Photo by Shadi Rahimi, AJ+ Four months after Michael Brown was killed, activist Deray Mckesson tweeted: “We exist in a tradition of erased histories. Twitter has helped us tell our own story. We are sitting in history and making it. #Ferguson.” Watching from afar as Ferguson first erupted in protests, I messaged on Facebook with a … Read More
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We’re using hashtags less than ever. Here’s why.

Photo by Andreas Zieroth/Flickr I’ve noticed something over the past year: We’re using hashtags less often in tweets. By “we” I don’t just mean AJ+. I mean everyone. In recent months when I’ve checked Topsy or Twitter trends before tweeting, I’ve often seen a keyword(s) for a particular story trending higher than a hashtag. I’ve wondered: Are hashtags … Read More
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How AJ+ reported from Baltimore using only mobile phones

AJ+ producer Damu Bobb uses a mobile rig to report from Baltimore. Photo by Devin Allen) I came to AJ+, Al Jazeera’s new social media and app-first unit, last summer after spending several years reporting on the revolution in Egypt. In Cairo, mobile phones were the primary method of sharing news from the street. At protests you’d … Read More
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