From time to time I like to indulge in crazy counter-factual history. How different things might have been had social media been invented a few hundred years ago!
What if Samuel Adams and his Bostonian compatriots had mobile phones to video their protests against the Tea Act. They might have led to more dramatic results.
If only the people of Paris had used Twitter on the morning of 14 July 1789, could they have succeeded in storming the Bastille?
Imagine if the protesters of Petrograd in 1917 had set up a Facebook page to publicise their complaints! The soldiers sent to suppress them might have come over to their side.
Back in the real world, the Tzar flies to Paris today for talks with Louis XX on the recent discontent in the British colonies. Stay tuned to our hashtag for live tweets from the summit.
[… because this new technology is really good, but it’s important to have some perspective.]