Social Networking Sites and Revolutions
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Social Networking Sites and Revolutions

The great effect of Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites on the Arab spring revolutions and how protests used these sites to reinforce their revolution. Also, the great increase in the Facebook and Twitter users in the Arab world from the beginning of 2011, the year of the Arab spring revolutions.

Social networking sites have become the most visited sites on the internet. According to Alexa, Facebook is the 2nd most visited site in the world and Twitter is the 9th. These two sites are the most successful social networking sites on the internet. Facebook was launched February 2004 and now it has more than 800,000,000 registered users, nearly 500,000,000 users more than Twitter which was launched two years later in July 15, 2006.

This kind of sites allow people to say what they like or can't say in person to people for many reasons like fear or shyness. However, others have used these sites in other purposes, to change the destiny of a whole generation, and start a new age of freedom and a flame to all the next revolutions. Yes, I'm talking about the Egyptian revolution. 

Following the Tunisian revolution that resulted in the overthrow of the Tunisian president Ben Aly, an Egyptian Facebook page called "We are all Khaled Saiied" started the call for protesting against Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his regime. The call has gained acceptance all over Egypt and people started occupied Tahrir square and many other squares as Al-Kayed Ibrahim square in Alexandria on th 25th of January. On 28 January 2011, The "Friday of Anger", Internet was blocked by the Egyptian government in Egypt due to the great increase in the numbers of protests coming from thewhat people wrote on Facebook and Twitter, which in fact was a bad idea because it forced more people to go to Tahrir square searching for their families and friends they can't contact because also mobile phone calls were blocked. 

During the Egyptian revolution many activists from all over the world called for a revolution in their countries which led to a revolution in Libia on 15 February , Yemen on 27 January 2011, Bahrain on 14 February 2011 and Syria on 15 March 2011. 

 Facebook users in the Arab world have increased by 30 percent since the beginning of2011, according to a report released by the Dubai School of Government. Currently, there are 9544400 Facebook users in Egypt, which makes it #20 in the ranking of all countries using Facebook. And still, Facebook and Twitter are put in mind of Egyptians. Tweets and Status updates are shared everywhere. Most Egyptian politicians have their own facebook or/and Twitter accounts through which they can contact Facebook and Twitter youth directly. This makes the word of the youth a heard word.

Social networking sites are a gift from God to all those people who sought freedom through out their whole life and finally found it. Converting Statuses updates into a revolution. That's what they did and what Arabs are expected to do after many decades of humiliation and shame. They really deserve it and they're really thankful to social networking sites which made them find their lost souls.

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Interesting info.