How Egyptians used Twitter during the 2011 protests in Cairo through their tweets. This is not a complete list of tweets from the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, there are over 60,000 of them of which this compilation only begins to skim the surface. This is a timeline that attempts to create one story, much like the novel, Tweets from the Streets, an invaluable source I found out about only after I began my quest to compile tweets.
Social media and the so called “Twitter Revolution” were not a revolution, but a tool. As Nadia Idle and Alex Nunns write in Tweets From Tahrir, “Revolutions do not come out of thin air, or even cyberspace. But the internet provided a tool that helped shape the form of the uprising, and it gave us some of the most riveting real-time coverage ever recorded.” With Twitter, the cost of becoming a speaker is essentially cut to having a mobile device and the direction of communication is multidirectional as tweets are used to communicate with and hear from any user – a helpful tool for both organizing and broadcasting a revolution.
Special Thanks To:
Nunns, Alex, Nadia Idle, and Ahdaf Soueif. Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolution as It Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made It. New York: OR, 2011. Print.
Gerbaudo, Paolo. Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism. London: Pluto, 2012. Print.
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