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Observing the U.S. Election: Istanbul, Turkey



Election Events: U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey

As submitted by embassy staff

On November 6-7, Mission Turkey partnered with the Institute for Creative Minds and CNN-Turk to host an Election Night program at the historic Haydarpasa Train Station, harnessing the power of social media to highlight the U.S. democratic process in a country where over 45% of the population uses the Internet, over 20% is on Twitter, and over 35 million people spend over a billion hours online annually. The social media-infused program, entitled “Follow Hub 2012: US Elections@Haydarpasa,” featured a Twitter feed followed by millions, an internet webcast of the entire 8 hour program watched by over a million users, and a full schedule of interviews with political pundits, celebrities and academics at Haydarpasa or participating via Skype video, and much more. Large segments of the program were broadcast live by CNN-Turk. It is safe to say that, in addition to the 450+ physical participants at Haydarpasa, over 4 million people participated virtually in Mission Turkey’s U.S. Election Night program.

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