Mariam posted something earlier about Twitter and Wikileaks in the context of recent movements in Tunisia; I thought this was an interesting follow-up, this time looking at Egypt: http://www.fastcompany.com/1720692/egypt-protests-mubarak-twitter-youtube-facebook-twitpic?partner=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fastcompany%2Fheadlines+%28Fast+Company+Headlines%29
Massive street protests in Egypt are spreading virally as tech-savvy demonstrators are using Twitpic, Facebook and YouTube to disseminate videos and photographs.
Opposition leaders in Egypt declared January 25, 2011 as a “Day of Rage” where protesters would take to the street against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. The protesters include secularists, Islamists and Communists/ultra-left-wingers–a veritable who’s who of the Egyptian opposition.
The recent overthrow of the dictatorship in Tunisia by a peaceful democratic opposition movement has presumably emboldened the masses throughout the Arab world. Exact numbers of protesters cannot be estimated due to the ongoing events. However, a massive flood of internet photographs and videos shows a gigantic presence in Cairo, Alexandria, and other Egyptian cities. The Egyptian government appears to be engaging in censorship methods that are either half-hearted or oblivious to the specifics of social media. Contrary to early reports, Twitter has not been blocked in Egypt. However, cell phone towers were deactivated in several areas according to trusted sources.