Twitter and the Egyptian Protests

February 18, 2011 at 8:18 PM Leave a comment

Fast Company reports that Twitter is leveraging its role in the Egypt protests to promote its broader philanthropic efforts.

The effort, called hope140, centers on “campaigns for projects such as International Literacy Day and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.” The interesting part is a recent interview published on the project’s blog with the 21-year-old Egyptian student who first used the #jan25 hashtag.

The student describes the role Twitter and Facebook played in the protests; mostly a supporting role, it seems. Tweeting protesters used the former to spread the latest crowd chants (which were “often funny and interesting”); Twitter also helped them gauge how much attention the protests were getting worldwide.

Giving Click has taken a skeptical look at claims of revolutionary change spurred by social networking sites before; it’s certainly good to get the perspective from someone inside a movement.

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