Every Revolution is a Social Revolution

I’ve been watching for two weeks the amazing, emerging revolution in Egypt. Today was the most intense, the most exhilarating and the most disappointing. President Mubarak did not step down as anticipated. As I watched and waited like all the Egyptian protesters in Tahrir square, part of me wished I was there. Then all of a sudden, I got a Facebook email from a Facebook “friend” who responded to my status about Ghonim the Google executive who claims he “started this revolution” using Facebook and Twitter.  He was right there in Egypt. I was able to get up-to-date info about what was happening while they were waiting for Mubarak to speak. 10 seconds before Mubarak came on state television, my Facebook Egyptian friend, wrote, “turn on your TV now.” The next second…Mubarak came on. Ahh, the power of the internet, the power of social media.

The power of social media is here and just like the Egyptian protesters’ brave fight for freedom, there is no turning back. Social Media is now synonymous with change. Not only is it change for it simply existing. Change in the way we connect, the way we live,  the way we educate ourselves and expand our lives.

Now social media means social change of societies and governments. It’s truly an exciting, exhilarating, and painful time. It’s a time participate in this relatively new medium more than ever.

As President Obama said today, “We are all interconnected now.”

-Tracy Pattin


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