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SociologyCompass10/9(2016),785–794,10.1111/soc4.12399SocialMediaandSocialMovementsDustinKidd*andKeithMcIntoshTempleUniversityAbstractWhatroledoessocialmediaplayinsocialmovementsandpoliticalunrest?Twitter,Facebook,Instagram,andGooglehaveallbeencitedasimportantcomponentsinsocialrevolutions,includingthoseinTunisia,Egypt,Iceland,Spain,andtheglobalOccupymovement.Thisessayexploressocialscienceclaimsabouttherelationshipbetweensocialnetworkingandsocialmovements.Itexaminesresearchdoneonthere-lationshipbetweensocialnetworking,thepromotionofactivism,andtheofflineparticipationinthestreets.Canthetechnologyofsocialnetworkinghelpactiviststoachievetheirgoals?Ifso,isitjustoneofmanytoolstheymayuse,oristhetechnologysopowerfulthattherightusewillactuallytipthescalesinfavorofthesocialmovement?Thisscholarshipdividesintooptimistic,pessimistic,andambivalentapproaches,turningonanoft-repeatedquestion:willtherevolutionbetweeted?IntroductionDoessocialmediahelporhindersocialmovements?Canthetechnologyofsocialnetwork...