For those tuned into the mainstream media, the Occupy Movement equals the Occupy camps, and most of all mothership Occupy Wall Street, formerly of Zucotti Park, Manhattan. What these poor MSNBC- and CNN-watchers are deprived of is the teeming world of Occupy on the Internet. Social media is the nutrient base of the movement. Gen-Xers and Boomers who have proudly mastered their Facebook timelines might be caught off-guard by the onslaught of innovation. You mean there’s more? Oh yes, there’s so, so much more.
What seems to be the most comprehensive and promising platforms of social networking just debuted, and it’s specifically designed for Occupy–called OCCUPII. Like Facebook, it provides a profile page which you update with your posts, pics and videos, plus a whole host of ways Occupiers can interface: groups, forums, chat, uStream and Livestream channels, BlogRadio, videos, events, photos, and a space for sharing ideas. You can easily start your own blog. Every Thursday there is a “Global RoundTable.”
We’ll see if English-speaking activists worldwide coalesce on the new alternative to Facebook. It’s hard to say now whether it’s a good tool for organizing and activism, or simply a forum for connection and conversation.