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Egyptian Activists Look Back At The Role Of Twitter

January 26, 2012

Twitter played an enormously important role in the uprisings by facilitating communication between organizers, and spreading news and slogans.

Yet its influence is clearly limited. Only 27 million of Egypt’s 83 million people have access to the internet, and there are only around 130,000 Egyptian Twitter users.

Looking back one year after the uprisings began, Al-Ahram asked ten of Egypt’s most famous “tweeps” whether Twitter was truly revolutionary, and what its role would be in the future.

The idealistic Alaa Abdel Fattah said

There is nothing isolated in the world; it is circle of relations after all and there are journalists on Twitter who consider it one of the news sources; yet on Twitter you can find one class of Twitter users unlike on Facebook. You can find a mainstream of revolution supporters on Twitter, while on Facebook you will find a different range of groups representing different political powers, classes and backgrounds.

The pragmatic Hossam al-Hamalawy said:

Twitter is a social network that is useful to spread information about actions we organise on the ground. It should not be mistaken as representative of all sectors of society. But at the same time, it should not be ignored at all, and on the contrary it is booming in terms of new usage in Egypt at the moment.

Read the complete account here.

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