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One form of internet activism is to post many messages on Twitter in a specified time frame. It is more specific than "hashtag activism" because, similarly to a demonstration that takes place on streets, it has a time to begin and to end.

Is there a word or expression for that?

In Portuguese, it is called "tuitaço".

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  • Could slacktivism suit your purposes? It doesn't have the connotation of a beginning or end, though. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slacktivism
    – JLG
    Dec 14, 2015 at 21:51
  • @JLG, thanks, but slacktivism is charged with the meaning of slacker, which, in my opinion, isn't always applicable to the activity described.
    – toliveira
    Dec 14, 2015 at 22:19

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I've often seen "twitterstorm" used to this effect, often in the acceptation of "shitstorm."

His comments triggered a violent twitterstorm.

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  • This just indicates a flurry of opposing tweets. It doesn't indicate these were aimed to happen within a specified time frame. Dec 13, 2015 at 21:29
  • In some acceptations of the idiom, it can mean exactly what @toliveira is talking about, as explained here, but the term is indeed too young to have a definitive meaning.
    – Stephane
    Dec 13, 2015 at 21:33
  • Your link doesn't support the idea. As far as I know the OP is talking about an idea where people agree to go onto Twitter between 16:00 and 18:00 next Friday and promote some cause. I don't see anything like that in your explanation. Dec 13, 2015 at 21:37
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    Here's one example of the term used exactly in this acceptation: bustle.com/articles/…
    – Stephane
    Dec 13, 2015 at 21:40
  • OK I agree that does... Dec 13, 2015 at 21:41

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