The Berlin Twitterwall has displayed more than 5,000 messages so far

Digital media are playing an important role in today’s celebration of the fall of theBerlin wall. It is interesting that much of the mainstream press have left their historical medium behind for their online coverage, as each have chosen the format which is best for a story. For example, the Guardian has put some impressive films online in which Berliners describe how the city was divided while, readers of the New York Times submitted magnificent photos and memories of the wall and the BBC has displayed in a map how far pieces of the former wall have spread around the globe. In addition to an interactive mainstream coverage, there are several social media projects worth looking at.

The Berlin Twitterwall supported by Reporters without Borders displays Twitter messages which are using the hashtag #fotw on a virtual East Side Gallery. The aim of the project is to share thoughts on the fall of the wall as well as to focus on “which walls still have to come down to make our wold a better place”. The page was blocked in China after nearly 2,000 web users in the country left messages on the wall.

To prevent spam, users can only post up to five messages a day. Additional camera icons can be clicked to view some of the 1,000 huge styrofoam dominoes painted with messages of peace by students, celebrities and politicians. These dominoes are the center piece of tonight’s festivities as they snake along the old wall line and are supposed to be toppled during the celebrations.


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