Tag Archives: Egypt

Twitter at seven – Its biggest 140 character moments

With more than 400 million tweets sent each day and growing fast, its top 10 users, led by Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, have more than 275 million followers alone.

It has worked itself so seamlessly into our lives that now no major event seems to take place without there being some kind of Twitter element, from celebrity break-ups to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the budget.

With talk of an IPO in 2014 and a valuation in the $9-$11bn (£5-7bn) ballpark, it is starting to generate the revenues that at the start people never thought the microblogging service could make and is on course to generate more than $800m (£527m) in 2014. Read More »

How Egypt’s Intercontinental hotel dramatically sent out a Twitter SOS as it came under attack

They turned on the light. People just standing outside Intercontinental Semiramis pic.twitter.com/zF30xg48Twitter and social media played a huge part in the Arab Spring as it unfolded in Eygpt in 2011 and as the country continues to struggle with political division new dramas are unfolding daily on Egypt’s streets. These dramatically came to life last night as The Semiramis InterContinental hotel in Cairo sent out a Twitter SOS via is @ICSEMIRAMIS handle as it came under attack by thugs.

Demonstrators had already burned police vehicles as they fought with police near Tahrir Square and then headed for the hotel. Read More »

A baby called Hashtag. Mother names newborn baby ‘Hashtag’

#Hashtag I'm asleepLast year during the Arab Spring we had the Egyptian man who named his newborn daughter “Facebook” and now it is being reported that a mother has called her newborn baby Hashtag – proving if nothing else that this has really been Twitter’s year.

Ironically the news came via a Facebook post where the parents, as many now do, have apparently set up an account for their newborn baby whose full name is “Hashtag Jameson”. Read More »

American Apparel and Gap cause Twitter outrage with Hurricane Sandy sales

American Apparel causes Twitter outrage with 'Hurricane Sandy Sale'When will brands ever learn? Do people not use the internet and read stuff? When it comes to social media we are now at a point when we have a fat pile of case files detailing how various brands have failed at social media, but this does not apparently stop other brands copying these mistakes over and over again.

This time around it is the turn of American Apparel. It has had the bright idea of rolling out a “Hurricane Sandy Sale” ad and as you might guess has sparked something of a Twitter backlash and ensured its brand will forever be linked with the words “social media fail”.

Earlier this year it was KFC Thailand doing its best to fail on social media. While the country was watching tsunami warnings and fearing the worst the fast food firm posted a message on its official Faceook page suggesting it was some time for tasty chicken as they watched the drama unfold. Read More »

Welcome to the Hyper Revolution – how change went digital

This video from Opensite.org is well worth a watch.  Put together by a team of designers and researcher with the idea to show the reach of social media and how over the past year or so it has help spark revolutions around the world.

It takes its cue from Gil-Scott Heron’s famous line, that “The revolution will not be televised” and of course he was right. It wasn’t brought to you by brands and NBC certainly could not predict the winner.

Instead, as we have found out the revolution was youtubed, statused and retweeted by social networking sites around the globe with a potential reach of 82% of the global population or 1.2 billion people.

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The other Arab Spring – the hunt for new internet and mobile companies

First Anniversary Of Egypt's UprisingBigstockThe Economist takes a look at the other side of the Arab Spring as investors look for the next big idea to come out of the troubled region.

It reports on how private-equity are investing in high-growth companies as they help incubate new internet and mobile companies across the Middle East from Cairo and Beirut to Dubai and Jordan.

Although in the same way that people have struggled to change regimes start-ups face problems of their own from bankruptcy being a criminal offence in several countries to miles of red tape elsewhere. Read More »

The top hashtags and topics of 2011: Charlie Sheen, Egypt, McDonald’s and Apple

Twitter has published its #YearInReview that highlights the leading topics and hashtags of the year.

The top two hashtags demonstrate as clearly as anything the diversity and breadth of what takes place on Twitter. The top one was #egypt followed by Charlie Sheen’s #tigerblood. Is he still winning? Read More »

Twitter the #YearInReview: A year in stories

Twitter has just put out the December edition of Twitter Stories, which highlights ten remarkable and often moving moments of 2011 that played out in part on Twitter.

There is the story of Shohaib Athar, better known to millions as @ReallyVirtual, who live tweeted the moment when Osama bin Laden was found and killed. While many of us know the that story, and how we shared it on Twitter, there are other tales that are less well known such as that of the former Puerto Rican homeless man Daniel Morales, @putodanny, who found hope and his daughter who he had not seen for 11 years. Read More »

Social media played ‘arguably critical role’ in Arab uprisings, finds new report

Egypt: social media was where people found information

Since the regime changes in Tunisia and Egypt, and other popular uprisings in Middle Eastern countries, there has been a lot of discussion about the importance of social media in mobilising protesters.

Now a new report by the Dubai School of Government addresses this question, among others, with the publication of the latest Arab Social Media Report.

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Vodafone creates an ad claiming it inspired Egyptian revolution

This isn’t going to end well. Vodafone has this week released an ad that was created by ad agency JWT and seems to claim that it, and its tagline, inspired the uprising in Egypt that kick started the Arab Spring.

The ad which features many tweets and Facebook posts, which helped fuel and direct the uprising, is under fire with comments online attacking its bid to jump on the bandwagon. Read More »