Muhammad Hosni Sayyid Mubarak (Arabic: محمد حسني سيد مبارك, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [mæˈħæmːæd ˈħosni ˈsæjːed moˈbɑːɾɑk], Muḥammad Ḥusnī Sayyid Mubārak; born May 4, 1928) was the fourth President of Egypt from 1981 to 2011.
The thing about social-media based political revolutions is that go viral very quickly. At least that’s how it seems, now that an imbroglio is sweeping through Egypt in the wake of Tunisia’s so-called Twitter Revolution.
Via Fast Company:
“Massive street protests in Egypt are spreading virally as tech-savvy demonstrators are using Twitpic, Facebook and YouTube to disseminate videos and photographs.
Opposition leaders in Egypt declared January 25, 2011 as a “Day of Rage” where protesters would take to the street against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. The protesters include secularists, Islamists and Communists/ultra-left-wingers—a veritable who’s who of the Egyptian opposition. The recent overthrow of the dictatorship in Tunisia by a peaceful democratic opposition movement has presumably emboldened the masses throughout the Arab world.
Exact numbers of protesters cannot be estimated due to the ongoing events. However, a massive flood of internet photographs and videos shows a gigantic presence in Cairo, Alexandria, and other Egyptian cities.
The Egyptian government appears to be engaging in censorship methods that are either half-hearted or oblivious to the specifics of social media. Contrary to early reports, Twitter has not been blocked in Egypt. However, cell phone towers were deactivated in several areas according to trusted sources.”
Photos, videos, cell phone pics and more on the story here.