Wael Ghonim and the Egyptian Facebook Revolution

Wael Ghonim is another Egyptian activist who utilized Facebook as a tool to organize protests and gain support quickly.  Ghonim organized an online campaign that immediately sparked interest in the demand to oust the country’s president.  The marketing manager rejects the notion that he is a hero, calling those who died during the rallies heroes and martyrs.  In an emotional interview with CNN after Hosni Mubarak stepped down from power, Ghonim stated:

“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. […]” 

Here is the rest of the interview from CNN:

http://cnn.com/video/?/video/bestoftv/2011/02/11/exp.ghonim.facebook.thanks.cnn

 

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