[Air-L] Egypt: Assessing Facebook, Twitter, social networks

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Tue Feb 15 14:53:14 PST 2011

There's some good anecdotal accounts that have been published online
on New York Times, Wired, etc.  I know it's not quite the same, but
it's a start.  You may want to follow @LiberationTech on Twitter,
which shares many of these, including first hand accounts from Google
exec and organizer @Ghonim, who's writing a book called Revolution

On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 2:50 PM, Barry Wellman
<wellman at chass.utoronto.ca> wrote:
> It's clear to all readers of Twitter and the MSM that Facebook and Twitter
> played a role in the Egyptian movement that toppled Mubarak.
> But how much of a role? More generally, how much were social networks
> involved?
> There's so much speculation, that I really don't want more.
> I would appreciate systematic evidence -- be it ethnographic, online
> analyses, or survey based -- even though it may be early for that to appear.
> I am thinking of the work that Joe Feagin did on 1968's ghetto riots; the
> ongoing work of Doug McAdam over the years.
> I wonder if anyone interviewed the folks in Tahrir Square (besides the
> secret police), just as Feagin interviewed folks in Detroit jails, and would
> love to read some personal accounts.
> In hope that things turn out well in Egypt!
>  Barry Wellman
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