Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Use of Social Media During The Revolution in Egypt

Image You Can’t Silence FREEDOM – By Beco G.

The Egyptian people finally used their voice, in form of writing, to express what they felt about the suppressing regime. This picture says a lot about how the people in Egypt have used their keyboards to get to freedom.

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In the citation above Wael Ghonim is comparing the revolution to Wikipedia. Everyone was contributing either by going physically to demonstrations or by writing about different happenings on Twitter or posting videos on Youtube. Wael Ghonim was also the administrator on the Facebook page “We are all Khaled Said”. Because of his pro-democracy work through different social medias he was arrested for 11 days.

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Media also used social media to communicate to the rest of the world, like in this example where Cooper Anderson was attaced by Mubarak supporters. As soon as he was safe he tweeted about the happening so the rest of the world could read it. Other people also tweeted about things they had experienced and the government could not do anything without the world finding out.

Top Stories World events/News on Twitter

1: AH1N1 – Swine Flu

2: Mubarak – former Egyptian President

3: Easter – Christian holiday

4: Cairo – capital of Egypt

This indicates the amount of attention the revolution in Egypt got. Individuals all over the world wanted to participate, have a say and help them to share their information further through social media.

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This is the Facebook page that was started after Khaled Said was killed by the police. The page is full of critiques towards the government. Even though there is only 20 % of the egyptian people that has access to a computer, there was soon about half a million members of this page.

Organizing Protest

Facebook was used as a megaphone to spread the word about demonstrations, people could sign up and participate, share their meanings, and knowledge.

Advice & Tips

Demonstrators used Facebook and Twitter to guide others on what routes to avoid, what clothes to wear, and what supplies to keep on hand. The international world was also giving advises through the same social medias for example on how to wash tear gas from their faces.

Storytelling

Someone had to tell the real story since the local TV channels did not. Filtering what’s real and not was left to the reader, but this was not hard because of the large amount of videos, pictures and articles that was posted on the web. These medias painted a clear picture.

Inducing Pressure on International Politics

Since the participation and the use of social media were so high in this revolution, it had to be answered by the international society. The mass of Facebook pages, news, Tweets and web videos was louder than a single countrys’ voice, and therefore could not be ignored by international communities. They earned the attention.

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