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January 30, 2011

How Twitter responded To Egypt Crisis

Last week has been a very ' volatile time" for the entire middle east, from Tunisia to Egypt, popilar discontentment with their governments has turned " the online social networking sites  like Facebook and Twitter into a propaganda medium for most of them. Websites like Twitter has been a unifying force for protesters trying to use them to " organize and sustain their resistance to their governments.

While protests rage on in EgyptTwitter called for free expression and transparency in a manifesto published on its blog.
Co-written by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone and the company’s General Council and former Google lawyer Alexander Macgillivray, the post casts Twitter as a trustworthy messenger, relaying information between hundreds of millions of users, and only refusing to do so if such messages are illegal or spam.
According to data pulled from real-time analytics tool Trendrr, 245,000 tweets containing “Egypt” were sent between midnight and 1:30 p.m. today, January 28. Thirty percent came from the U.S., 7% from the UK, 6% from Saudia Arabia and UAE respectively, and, notably, 8% came from Egypt, proving that users are indeed bypassing blocks placed on the service by government authorities:

As longtime dictators and despots blame Twitter as an instigator of their dwindling power, Twitter reminds us that it’s only a mirror on such troubled societies, “providing the tools that foster these discussions.” However, that mirror is turned into an enormous global amplifier in situations such as those in Egypt now and Tunisiaearlier this month.
Meanwhile, Twitter communication is nearly a moot point in Egypt, where there were some reports of cellphone service returning, but Internet service was still shut down today, according to The New York Times. (Update:However, some have figured out clever ways around the problem).