Friday, January 28, 2011

Egypt's Social Media Revolution

As I am writing this post I am surfing the net looking for information about Egypt's Social Media Revolution. It is reminiscent of the events that took place in Iran last year during their election season. The Iranian Twitter Revolution failed to achieve its immediate goal of peaceful institutional change but it may have inspired the current Social Media Revolution in Egypt. This eventing, NBC News discussed how social media has helped fuel the protests in Egypt.

In general, for thousands of years Egypt has been ruled by one political party or group. Some of these groups have been internal while others have been foreign powers who exerted influence over Egypt's internal affairs. While researching Egypt's history, it appears that the Egyptian people have never really had the opportunity to freely choose from a pool of candidates whom they want to lead their country. Therefore, it will be interesting to see the final outcome of this situation.

The bottom line is that during times of turmoil organizations must be aware of how people are utilizing social media and they must create social media crisis management plans because social media has the potential to shape people's hearts and minds the way television has been doing so for the past 50 years. Blocking access to social media is not the answer and will only fuel the fire. Therefore, institutions and companies must be proactive and understand the political, legal, and business ramifications of social media.

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