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  1. Arab Spring and Social Media Frederik Madsen

  2. The Arab Spring is a revolution that began late December 2010 in Tunisia when Mohamed Bouazizi, a 26-year-old fruit and vegetable seller, set himself on fire after police confiscated his cart because he didn’t have a permit • Protests spread across the Middle East like wildfire soon after. • The drop that made the glass overflow • The protests were fueled by social media outlets. Mainly Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Basics

  3. Popular social networks like Facebook and Twitter allow users to share their ideas and intentions at a rapid pace. • The use of social media exploded in a lot of the Arab countries • In Tunisia and Egypt, more than 80% of the usage of Facebook during the civil movement and events in early 2011 was ‘either to raise awareness, share information or organize actions related to the movement and events. • Social media was not the cause, but clearly played a role in accelerating the events. Spreading the information

  4. A lot of the information regarding the current situation in the countriescame from peopleusing social media. • Lack of journalists covering the events • Al Jazeeraplayed a bigrole in Egypt, as theyprovidedconstant live coverage. The voice of the people

  5. To evade detection of protest activity. • Spread ideas. • Recruit new members. • Video the progress of the movement. • Organize events. The Benefits

  6. Allows like-minded individuals to form groups, and plan protests. • Event pages can be created that allow invited members to set a location and time for a protest to take place. • Videos can be tagged and shared. • Easy accessible. Facebook

  7. Allows for instant updates to a mass audience. • A good way to spread news and information. • Able to write quickly and clearly. • Smart phones allow users to access Twitter at any place and any time. Twitter

  8. Allows users to post events, injustices and protests immediately. • More stimulating than Facebook and Twitter due to visuals. • Reaches a huge audience Youtube

  9. Five regimes have toppled since the revolutions began. • The protests have spread to over a dozen countries • A lot of people have died since the protests began. • A revolution in the use of Social Medias What has changed?

  10. What do you think is the most powerful social media tool in the Arab Spring and in general? Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or another non mentioned social media? Question