Every other revolution you can think of, including the russian revolution of 1917, young people are in there fanning the winds of change egypt was the second (after tunisia) of what is now being called social media revolution. If three decades of violent repression and despotic rule were kindling for the egyptian revolution, social media was both a spark and an accelerant for the movement did social media like facebook. The term twitter revolution refers to different revolutions and protests, an article in the magazine wired states that social media did not cause the egypt. The 2011 egyptian revolution, which drew inspiration from protests in tunisia and led to widespread anti-government uprisings throughout north africa and the middle east, began with protests on january 25, 2011, culminating february 11, 2011 with the resignation of president hosni mubarak 1 the protests and the revolution and their reflection in social media garnered enormous worldwide media.
Table 1 events during the revolution reflecting tweet volume compared with sentiment (per day and cumulatively) positive tweet fraction is the daily or cumulative number of tweets with positive sentiment divided by number of tweets with positive or negative senti. How egypt's social media revolution could spread across the middle east the one party, strong man rule that has dominated the land of the pharaohs for decades is coming apart before our eyes in. Timeline: egypt's revolution a chronicle of the revolution that ended the three-decade-long presidency of hosni mubarak protest organisers heavily relied on social media outlets such as.
Social media is no longer limited to status updates and posting photos from a friend's birthday party social media has become one of the most powerful factors in grassroots socio-political mobilization across the globe the january 25 revolution in egypt gained a major foothold with the. Social media was instrumental in driving the egyptian revolution of two years ago in my visit to cairo last week, i was particularly excited to speak with people about the role of facebook and. Google executive wael ghonim and his facebook page are credited for helping spark the egyptian protests seth doane reports on a social revolution brought on. Facebook groups and tweets incited what some would call a social media revolution in egypt that began 18 days ago mubarak ended his presidency friday because of protestors numbering up to 2.
Abstract = more than 800,000 tweets on topics related to the egyptian revolution were studied the study was aimed to find how sentiment evolved in response to unfolding events, how the most influential tweeters and popular tweets shed light on the most influential twitter users and what types of tweets reverberated most strongly, and how user sentiment and follower relationships relate in. The creators of facebook and twitter probably did not intend on creating a resource for revolutionary movements in egypt, the 2011 arab spring saw the emergence of social media sources being used in incredible ways. As in tunisia, the protest movement in egypt is taking advantage of social media to communicate, inform and organize.
Social media and the arab spring zine el abidine ben ali fled to saudi arabia on 14 january 2011 following the tunisian revolution protests in egypt,. Social media alone did not facilitate the arab revolution, but was a successful catalyst when combined with myriad methods of digital and traditional media technological advances like cell phones, video cameras, blog posts and facebook, in conjunction with more traditional media outlets like al jazeera, created the circumstances for such. The protests in egypt have been front and center in the american media over the previous two weeks we were greeted with daily updates about former president mubarak's grasp on power, and, ultimately, his resignation buried in all the rapidly unfolding events were numerous stories about.
In egypt, when social media gets shut down, democracy gets shut out competent national leadership would marshal their talents to spur a tech revolution to rival those that transformed east. 'tweets from tahrir' captures egypt's social media-led revolution in a book. Twitter sentiment was revealed, along with popularity of egypt-related subjects and tweeter influence on the 2011 revolution.
Remaking social media for the next revolution a hero of the egyptian revolution laments the limits of social media and hopes to improve online dialogue by zeynep tufekci and david talbot. This article seeks to open dialogue about the utility of resource mobilization theory in explaining social movements and their impact by exploring the use of social media in the 2011 egyptian revolution through a limited case study analysis it argues that social media played an instrumental role in.
A revolution in egypt through social media people call today the information age the reason for this is the internet with the internet, people can go online and. Commentary in egypt, social media fuels the evolution of revolution advancements in communication technology have often foreshadowed civil unrest and revolution. Dissent and revolution in a digital age: social media, blogging and activism in egypt (library of modern middle east studies) reprint edition.