Thursday, February 17, 2011

How to Start A Revolution with Facebook (a guide)

It finally came to light on Monday, February 7, 2011, that Google executive Wael Ghonim was the anonymous "El Shaheeed" -- the one credited for bringing the revolution from the Facebook cloud to Egypt's streets.


“The power of Facebook is that our updates reach to everyone's wall,” then-anonymous Ghonim told The Daily Beast in January when the page had racked up 375,000 followers. “Some of the videos we publish get shared on people’s walls more than 30,000 times. That’s how powerful a virus can be… Once it’s out, it goes everywhere. It’s unstoppable.”

And it certainly didn't stop until President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year regime came to its demise on February 11.

So, how did a digital virus help topple a dictatorship? What were the different components of Wael Ghonim's social media campaign?

A Guide To Starting A Revolution On Facebook

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