Egypt`s revolution not just about tweets: Bloggers

The 18-day revolution that brought an end to the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2011, 16:13 PM IST

Cairo: SIX months after they launched a revolution that ousted the regime, Egyptian bloggers have acknowledged that it takes more than a Facebook page on the Internet to overthrow a dictator.

`The Internet played a key role but it was not the only tool. The revolution really belongs to the people,` said Wael Abbas, a veteran Egyptian blogger who has been posting his thoughts in cyberspace since 2004.

The 18-day revolution that brought an end to the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak and his regime was largely played on the street, but bloggers do not underestimate the importance of Facebook and Twitter.

`The Internet helped to speed up things,` said Hossam al-Hamalawy, who is known in cyberspace by the nickname `3arabawy` or the Arab.

`But the revolution would have taken place without it,` he said.

It is true that bloggers used the Internet to mobilise thousands of people, but Egypt`s was not only a `Facebook Revolution` or a `Twitter Revolution,` bloggers like Hamalawy say.

Bureau Report