News Diffusion and Facilitation of Conversation

Fahmy, Nagwa Abdel-Salam
September 2012
Journal of Middle East Media;Fall2012, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
During the Egyptian revolution, Twitter, a micro-blogging social network, enabled its users to share their eyewitness observations of the mass protests. The data analyzed for this paper was collected during the Egyptian revolution, from the 25th; of January till the 31st of March 2011. The goal of this study was to uncover the use of micro-blogging during the Egyptian revolution and to identify the tweet theme trends that were diffused during the mass street protests, highlighting their role in organizing the street movements. The study findings indicate that micro blogs' posts were able to describe the daily events of the Egyptian Revolution as twitter users are considered eye-witnesses of the street events who documents their observations every time and everywhere in Egypt. It was also a network of communication that facilitated conversation between twitter users and allowed them to organize their future street movements. It was found that tweets use many strategies to vouch their credibility through linking information to other sources such as; news sites, YouTube, blogs and flicker that confirm their tweets.


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