Social Networking Strikes Again


by Chris Bodenner

First Iran then Tunisia now Egypt:

More than 90,000 people signed up on a Facebook page for the Tuesday protests, framed by the organizers as a stand against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment. But the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most powerful opposition movement, said it would not officially participate, though its members were among the protestors in Cairo.

The government is assigning blame to the Brotherhood - and blocking Twitter:

According to TechCrunch, third party servers are still being used to tweet within the country, many using the #Jan25 hashtag.

As Foreign Policy is reporting, Facebook is still being used to help organize and broadcast the protests as well, largely on the page "We Are All Khaled Said." Says FP:

Regarding the above shot:

[T]his incredible photograph from abdulrahman is making the Twitter rounds.

The Guardian and Enduring America are live-blogging. An Egyptian reader writes:

The government in the last hour has just blocked Twitter on at least one major ISP (TEData) and all cell phone networks (Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone) Also, phone lines that were published to help protesters get help and legal aid were suspended. Here and here are some photos. You can follow @norashalaby for more.

I'm 28 years old, lived all my life under the Mubarak regime (in power for 30 years now) and this is the biggest wave of protests I have ever seen in my life.