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

Prof. I Kushchu ik at mgovernment.org
Tue Feb 15 14:55:06 PST 2011

Hi tehre,

I am also looking at this.. More particularly  am interested in the use of mobile phones and SMS during the protests (if any one has any data / writings)..

Thank you

On 15 Feb 2011, at 23:50, Barry Wellman 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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