For a week, Twitter has been alive with messages from Egypt and all over the world. These brief verbal pictures of the Egyptian revolution are moving and poignant and pouring in by the thousands every hour. I have been reading tweets every day, but decided to select a few of the ones that most express what is being said at #egypt and #jan25, the two main Twitter sites broadcasting messages. As internet service has been shut down, it has become more difficult to access Twitter, but Google helped with a "speak2twitter" free phone number allowing Egyptians to call their tweets in. And they did! But as Conan O'Brien advised Mubarak, "If you want people to stay at home, turn the internet back on!"
The following tweets started early Tuesday morning in Egypt, February 1, the day of the Million March. Most of these tweets are posted within an hour or so late Tuesday. By all accounts, more than a million people eventually gathered in Tahrir (Liberation) Square during the day, and as sun sets in Cairo, they are still there. And they are in Alexandria and other cities as well. It is now about 6:30 p.m. in Cairo, Tuesday night February 1st. As you can read from the tweets below, the revolution is alive and well and only Mubarak is in "DeNile."
Oh, wow. 6:52 am in #Egypt and you can already hear chants behind Anderson Cooper. LET'S GO, MASR!
Egyptians camped out in Cairo. For Americans, think of it as like the release of new Apple product if Apple made freedom.
FabiAlia_PRLMD Fabi. A. Al.
I'm @ Egyptian friends house,his 80yr old grandmother asking 2 go 2 Cairo & protest saying:'at (cont) http://tl.gd/8h6203
Total internet blackout in #Egypt.
if your government shuts down the Internet, shut down your government.
A good sign that cell phones still working here in Cairo, not cut off today as authorities said. Somebody blinked?
RT @baratunde: so the mobile networks in #Egypt now perform about as well as the AT&T network for american iphone users.
Dima_Khatib أنا ديمة
The revolution in #Egypt is not an Islamist, radical, fundamental or monster revolution. It is just people seeking freedom.
Google Launches Voice-to-Twitter Service To Help Protesters in #egypt http://bit.ly/fmwxpV
I have 2 hurry, peel&cut veggies B4 th Million March on Heliopolis begins in #Egypt. Historic. Of course,I don't expect it to start on time
New Google service lets you call to tweet from #egypt: we hope @speak2tweet helps people hear from the voices of Egypt
HuffingtonPost RT by msrehreh
Wow: Tweets about #Egypt have increased over tenfold http://huff.to/eWlkvo
Social media: vastly important to informing the international public from inside #Egypt: http://bit.ly/gCGgUx
our regime was able to get my Father - who is 63 sick old amazing man who can't even pray standing- to join #Suez protest for 3 hours
When I lived in Egypt 27 yrs ago, #Egypt was wealthier than China. 1 reason for today's revolution: Egypt has barely moved.
Hearing from tweeps that there's a rumour that #Mubarak is gone and that there are celebrations in the streets. Unconfirmed. Hoping!
Hearing now that #Mubarak gone rumours r result of screw up by Al Arabiya correspondent. False alarm. Too bad! Out, yalla, go!
protesters saying - we won't leave until mubarak resigns. protesters are saying they are 3 million in cairo
R.N.N: Some estimations (German news agency) that there are nearly 8 Millions protesting now all through
#Cairo #Egypt pop 2008: 7,786,640. That means right now over 30% of the city is standing tall in Tahrir Square.
RT @cnnbrk: #Egypt army thanks citizens for helping to protect public and private property." http://on.cnn.com/gdJ61m
RT @RussertXM_NBC: Egyptian State TV showing 200 pro Mubarak supporters, Al-Jazeera showing 2 mil anti Mubarak protestors.
@SherineT: its getting colder now but people keep coming. this is a war of stamina between the people and the president.
All #egypt protesters I've spoken 2 say theyll remain in tahrir sq as long as it takes & chant 'martyrdom or freedom' Via phone
"When people have their voice, they don't need to explode themselves." -wp. Best endorsement for freedom in #Egypt that I've heard yet!
1 thing to remember: #Egypt is the center of the Arab world, hq of films and ideas. What starts here ripples far beyond.
#Photos of #Egypt (2nd batch fr Cryptome) http://is.gd/BbckPr
Factoid. Cairo has roughly the same population as Texas.
Next time you think all kids these days suck, remember this: http://bit.ly/efRzbq.
AlJazeera Eng: Strategy of protesters is to stay in Tahrir Sq, 10s of 1000s sleeping there to keep momentum of campaign going.
Banner held aloft in Tahrir Square (in English), shown on Al Jazeera: "Yes We Can Too."
Break out the big guns. RT @ABronzo: You know there's chaos on earth when Anderson Cooper's got the t-shirt on.
Street Theater Lives! MT @SultanAlQassemi Al Arabiya just showed mock trial [in Tahrir Square] of Mubarak & NDP complete w/ dummies.
"There's no stopping an idea whose time has come." Our thoughts & prayers are with the ppl of #Egypt right now. Let freedom ring!
UPDATE: Mubarak will not step down. He says he will not run again. Probably not enough. As Nick Kristof of the New York Times says:
Mubarak: "It is not in my nature to give up responsibility." Hmm. Better develop a new nature.
SECOND UPDATE: Mubarak did step down February 11, 2011.
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