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Egypt's Facebook Revolution: Wael Ghonim Thanks The Social Network

Egypt Facebook Revolution

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/11/11 03:36 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Shortly after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power on Friday, activist Wael Ghonim spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer and credited Facebook with the success of the Egyptian people's uprising.

Ghonim, a marketing manager for Google, played a key role in organizing the January 25 protest by reaching out to Egyptian youths on Facebook. Shortly after that first protest, Ghonim was arrested in Cairo and imprisoned for 12 days.

Since his release, Ghonim has become a symbol for the Egyptian movement, although he has rejected this notion. "I'm not a hero. I was writing on a keyboard on the Internet and I wasn't exposing my life to danger," he said in an interview immediately after his release. "The heroes are the one who are in the street."

On Friday, Ghonim told CNN that Facebook and the Internet were responsible for the uprising in Egypt. From the interview:

I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him [...] I'm talking on behalf of Egypt. [...] This revolution started online. This revolution started on Facebook. This revolution started [...] in June 2010 when hundreds of thousands of Egyptians started collaborating content. We would post a video on Facebook that would be shared by 60,000 people on their walls within a few hours. I've always said that if you want to liberate a society just give them the Internet. [...]

Listen to the rest of the interview (below), which is played over video of rejoicing in Tahrir Square. For the latest updates from Egypt, visit our live blog.

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Shortly after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power on Friday, activist Wael Ghonim spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer and credited Facebook with the success of the Egyptian people's upr...
Shortly after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power on Friday, activist Wael Ghonim spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer and credited Facebook with the success of the Egyptian people's upr...
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02:51 AM on 02/18/2011
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03:49 PM on 02/13/2011
They have the US of A to thank for internet and facebook. Sadly they probably won't and will continue to see us as the evil empire boogie man. Damn ingrateful heathens.
12:09 AM on 02/13/2011
Two years ago my twenty-something daughter got me started with FaceBook. Within 6 months of using social networking in a limited manner I started tell everyone I knew that I felt the only way to true world peace (eventually) would be with the power of social networking like FaceBook which connects real people to real people everywhere. When people begin to know those are governments have long demonized there is less legitimacy, credibility for that stance or outdated foreign policy.

I was ecstatic, and amazed, to find it happen so quickly on a regional basis. Now the concern is whether or not they can maintain what has started and not be co-opted by those who have so very much power to gain and lose.

In other words: old dogs can learn new tricks when lead by the younger generation. :-)
Starry Eyed Liberal King
11:04 AM on 02/12/2011
Hooray for connectivity! Hooray for individuals that take action! Hooray for the humans that care for one another! Hooray for bravery! Good luck, fellow humans everywhere.
Debbi Mihelic
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09:56 AM on 02/12/2011
I saw this guy say that on CNN and had to laugh...give me a break. I use Facebook but Zuckerberg has been given enough credit already for basically rolling out an improved version of MySpace.
04:16 AM on 02/14/2011
To me it just seems like you haven't done your homeworks,besides the Twitter - Facebook hate. Read "The Facebook Effect". And don't worry, Twitter gets the same amount of attention in a lot of similar cases.
Debbi Mihelic
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08:46 PM on 02/14/2011
I'm aware of the Twitter/Facebook/social media effect. I'm just counting the days until the big Z gets the Nobel prize.
I pitch right handed
09:42 AM on 02/12/2011
Wait until the Egyptians find out that facebook was started by a Jew!!!!
06:33 PM on 02/13/2011
Same for the co-founder of Twitter...

Funny how they don't hate us for that.
09:08 AM on 02/12/2011
Off course it wasn't facebook or twitter that started the revolution. If that's true, why the media made so much buzz about the revolution in Iran trought twitter and nothing happened?

In Egypt there's only 5% of the population with Facebook. And only 21% with Internet connection.

Hungry and opressed people go to the streets.
A post in Facebook doesn't put people on the streets.
09:50 PM on 02/14/2011
The reality will not stop the slack-avists from patting themelsves in the back.
Ahh, Theseus. It appears you are out of thread.
07:26 AM on 02/12/2011
"Against every unjust" = "For great justice"???

Take off every zig! Move zig move zig move zig move zig!!
Change is the only constant
02:35 AM on 02/12/2011
One small post in Facebook helped spark an uprising of 18 days that fell a dictator of 30 years. I still couldn't believe. But it's remarkably inspiring !
I connect the most dissimilar things
01:52 AM on 02/12/2011
Well obviously there was more to the revolution than Facebook.
01:34 AM on 02/12/2011
Facebook had nothing to do with this.

Global hyper-inflation in food prices were the main cause, due to Ben Bernanke's "money printing".

Obama's and corporate mass-media's ridiculous free advertisement to a social-site that can be copyed and created in 15min is not "cutting-edge" technology and it should not take credit for any revolution or topple of government.

It's the same typical hype we heard about My Space or Pets.com during the tech-bubble.
02:29 AM on 02/12/2011
It's hard to dismiss the volume/amount of traffic that was on facebook, for revolutionary - organizing purposes. Of course the revolution didn't happen "because of facebook"; but authoritarian regimes have ways of breaking down communication & controlling the masses. Pets.com never had 500,000,000 users worldwide. I think you need to admit - facebook served the public well here (although we have yet to see what direction Egyptian Leadership will take).
06:34 PM on 02/13/2011
Hmmm...pretty sure I don't agree with your politics, but that is one great post!

Love the 15 minutes to repeat statement. Like Yak2Yak is trying to do.
11:40 PM on 02/11/2011
Facebook- against every injustice save the Drug war, which they support. It's okay to jail and torture your own people as long as they smoke weed. That's not discrimination, why, that's Morals!

Get real.
06:37 PM on 02/13/2011
I did not know this.

The drug war has a 21st century slant now.
1. Privatize prisons
2. Make it legal for corporations to pour unlimited filthy lucre down the miasmic sinkhole of patronage politics
3. By 1 and 2 you create a LOBBY FOR PUTTING OUR CHILDREN IN PRISON!!!!
4. There is no similar, countervailing lobby to reduce or remove the draconian drug laws that clog the legal system, fill the prisons, and turn otherwise lawabiding citizens into criminalized prisoners so...
5. Every year the laws get tougher...and every year more people are imprisoned...

seek the truth, and it will set you free
11:01 PM on 02/11/2011
let me guess...maybe china now won't allow facebook.
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The truth is an absolute defense...
10:37 PM on 02/11/2011
Zuckerberg, you listening? It's time for you to meet your biggest fan.