It’s only been a couple hours since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 17 days of civil unrest due to his 30 year reign and poor performing “democratic” government. While it’s difficult to really dive into how the protests will affect American business, there has been a flood of social media waves breaking on Twitter and Facebook with fan pages and hashtags galore.
Facebook fan pages have been created and have gained hundreds of thousands of members who all support the early protests in Cairo. Today, the Facebook fan page “We Khalid Saeed” posts frequently with more than 10,000 likes and nearly 10,000 comments per each status update. Major American brands would kill for numbers and a self-sustaining community like that. YouTube and Flickr also became a popular outlet for Egyptians to share their experiences with the world, including an 8-year-old girl who took her own spin on lecturing Mubarak.
“By the way, some of your police officers removed their jackets and they’re joining the people.”
Genius, absolutely genius.
But, of course, the Egyptian government blocked Facebook and Twitter before eventually shutting down Internet access completely. That never stopped the rest of the world, even including political leaders and activists, to speak out against the disruption. Social media users found ways to work around the blackout and Internet access has since been restored.