Almost exactly five years ago, we pressed send on our first tweet, publicizing our World Report. We never could have imagined how far we'd come. Twitter has helped us alert the the world to the most urgent human rights crisis around the globe, as well as many of the most under-reported. People have come to rely on our twitter feed for news. And it's thanks to you -- the people who help us spread the word -- that reports of human rights abuses and of humanitarian victories will reach the far corners of the earth through social media.
So what's our top-ever tweet?
- This tweet went out last August 20, after Egypt's military rulers used live weapons on peaceful demonstrators who staged sit-ins protesting the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsy. It was retweeted more than 500 times.
- The most clicked on link:
- This tweet also went out on August, after David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, was detained at London’s Heathrow Airport. Greenwald wrote on US surveillance programs and the National Security Agency, based on information from Edward Snowden. More than 1,000 people clicked on the link.
- Our first-ever tweet?
- We used twitter to engage with prominent people who could help spread the word about our research.
- We reached out to journalists, giving them more information on the world's most important stories.
We had entire conversations over twitter with policy makers, like the tweet chat Human Rights Watch’s Philippe Bolopion had with the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations, about Syria’s chemical weapons (CW) attack, and the necessity of referring Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).