January 30, 2011
How Twitter responded To Egypt Crisis
By Sumit Roy 11:29 AM Twitter and egypt
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.
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: