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Arab Spring - The Ultimate Social Media Guide

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It’s Arab Spring, and social media is writing its own chapter in the history books. After Tunisia’s revolution, nobody thought that a people’s uprising would spread to another country in the region.  Experts the world over published news articles and editorials telling us how Egypt isn’t Tunisia, Syria isn’t Tunsia or Saudi Arabia isn’t Tunisia. Yet here we are today, in the midst of an historic regional uprising with implications for the whole world, implications that could change the course of world history giving a region rife with conflict, despotism and colonization the chance for real freedom and choice. Without Twitter and Facebook, it’s entirely possible that this would not have happened.  

Below you will find the ultimate social media guide to the “Arab Spring,” Twitter accounts from leaders and people on the ground to homepages of revolutions on Facebook. Facebook isthe soapbox they stand on, and Twitter is the Megaphone through which they speak.

UPDATED  April 1, 2011

Arab Spring Social Media Resources

Twitter has embraced its role in the Pan-Arab uprisings. While the core of rebellion was born on Facebook, it’s Twitter where word really spread and organizations and opposition groups organized themsleves. Twitter is full of activists on the inside and out who post minute by minute Tweets of what is going on in every hotspot in the Pan-Arab uprising. From refugees and expats in England to leaders and activists in Iran, Twitter has them all. Information comes in so quickly in fact that its hard to keep up with it all. It is raw and uncensored information straight to your computer.

Facebook has no doubt proved the most vital source of rebellion on the net. It is from Facebook pages where activists rallied the people in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Syria, etc. to the call that it was time for change, to assemble, let your voices be heard and take to the streets on such and such date. One could call Facebook the “Cradle of the Revolution”.

Unfortunately Facebook has deleted several opposition group accounts due to terms of service violations. The most recent being a page calling for a 3rd Palestinian Intifada for May 15th, 2011 against both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority with over 200,000+ “Likes”.

When Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois sent Facebook a letter requesting that it amend its no-anonymity policy to protect democratic activists in the Middle East, Facebook said no. Despite this, dozens of pages dedicated to the various uprisings remain and are active everyday posting pictures, video and news stories about what is happening in their respective countries.



Search Terms & Hashtags Facebook
#afghanistan March 18th 2011 DAY of
Rage Across Afghanistan
Twitter Facebook
Search Terms & Hashtags Envoyés Spéciaux Algériens
#algeria Algerian Revolution
Twitter Facebook

14th February 2011
Revolution Day in Bahrain

True Royal Democracy
  Bahrain Revolution News
Search Terms & Hashtags Freedom Square
#bahrain People Announce a General
Strike in Bahrain
#pearlsqaure February 14 Uprising
Twitter Facebook

Djibouti Bientot
Search Terms & Hashtags  
Twitter Facebook!/Ghonim

25 Egypt!/25Egypt

El Shaheed
  Al Shohada 2 
Search Terms & Hashtags Secular Egypt
#egypt El Shaheed UK
#ghonim Yom Elsawra 25 January  
#25jan Wael-Ghonim  
#jan25 Youth Revolution
Twitter Facebook!/Uprising4Iran

Iranian Protest News
Search Terms & Hashtags  
Twitter Facebook

Iraq Revolution
  Ahrar Iraq 
Search Terms & Hashtags Iraq 7
#iraq Revolution of Iraq on
25th of February
#25feb Support Iraq
  Youth Movement Reform Iraq
Twitter Facebook!/JordanVoice_

Jordanian Revolution 2011!/AliChubby

Shbab March 24

April 15 2011
  7 Erak
Search Terms & Hashtags Youth Movement for Change
Search Terms & Hashtags  
Twitter Facebook!/ShababLibya

Libyan Youth Movement!/feb17libya

17-02-2011 Libya!/ChangeInLibya

Videos of the Libyan

Tunisians Support Libyans
17 February!/Tripolitanian

Thawrat Libya!/LibyaFeb17_com!/libyanfsl!/EnoughGaddafi!/Cyrenaican!/FreeLibyanman!/LibyaSupreme!/feb17voices!/weddady

Search Terms & Hashtags  
Twitter Facebook!/


Moroccans for Change
Search Terms & Hashtags Union des Pages Révolution Marocaine
#morocco Arabism Morocco
Twitter Facebook
Search Terms & Hashtags Oman Revolution
Twitter Facebook!/ThirdIntifada

Palestinian Intifada 3 From
  the third Palestinian uprising, the Gulf States
Search Terms & Hashtags Third Palestinian Intifada-ARAB
#palestine Palestine Tomorrow will be Free
#gaza Egypt with the Palestinian intifada
#westbank Third Palestinian Intifada
#15may March to Palestine
#may15 Third Palestinian Intifada -2011
  Liberal Arabs only the third intifada
Twitter Facebook
Search Terms & Hashtags Hijaz Revolution
#saudiarabia K.S.A. Revolution
#11mar Saudis Revolution
Twitter Facebook
Search Terms & Hashtags Sudan The Revolution 10
June 2011  
#sudan Sudan Revolution 2011
  30th January Sudanese
Youth Strike
Twitter Facebook!/Mohammad_Syria

Syrian Free Press!/FreeSoria

For Democratic Syria!/AnonymousSyria

End State of Emergency
in Syria!/SyRevVid

Syrian Revolution!/SyrianFreePress

Days of Rage!/1SecularSyrian

Syrian Day of Rage!/SyrianJasmine

Freedom of Syria!/syrianews

Syrian Revolution Videos!/syriarevolution

Egyptians & Tunisians w/
Young Syrian
Uprising 15/03/2011!/ZainSyr

23 Million!/hkhabbab

Syrian Women Revolution!/syrianfront!/SyrianRage!/SyriansHand!/AnonymousSyria

Search Terms & Hashtags  
Twitter Facebook!/LiberateTunisia

Tunisian Revolt!/actu_tunisie

Sans Ben Ali
  14 Janvier 2011 TN
Search Terms & Hashtags Tunisia Tunisia
#tunisia Tunisie
#sidibouzid Hidden Truth
Twitter Facebook

Yemen Revolution

Yemen 2011

Rased Yemen!/yemen4change

Al Tagheer 2011!/RASEDYEMEN

Aden Youth for Change THAORT SHBAB YEMEN 
  Rased Yemen
Search Terms & Hashtags Youth Change in Yemen
#yemen Yemen
#yf Aden City
#saleh Yemen Expats
  Youth Revolution Yemen
  Freedom Yemen
Twitter Facebook!/ArabRevolution

Arab Revolution 2011!/ArabsUnite

Intern’l Year of the Arab
Leaders to Take Off in 2011!/Maghreblog

Search Terms & Hashtags United Arab States

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    Total 9 comments
    • Don Quixote

      If you really want to be free, get off of Facebook and Twitter.

    • Mort Amsel

      @don Information is vital to any rebellion, to get out your side of the story is half the battle. They are doing their part

    • MsPseudolus

      A truly comprehensive resource. A goldmine!

    • Decode the World

      Great reference to have!

    • Anonymous

      Great job! Except for Iran. You’ve missed the main search term on Twitter which is #iranelection. This tag started from the early days after the 2009 June election and #iran came about much later. #iranelection is still the principle search thread. Please add it ASAP, so I can then post this there. If I post it as-is, I will tick a whole bunch of people off :-)

    • Anonymous

      Sorry to be such a nit-picker, but the title of this resource should have the words Middle East (ME) and North Africa in it, since those are the regions it’s covering. If by Arab you mean the Arabic language, then that excludes Afghanistan and Iran.
      Still, this is a great resource, and I for one appreciate your effort.

    • MsPseudolus

      @anonymous#1 We’ve added #iranelection. Thank you so much for the input!

    • MsPseudolus

      @Anonymous#2 – we had considered a few titles along those lines, but “Arab Spring” appears to be the most popular term by which people are searching for all the uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa. Your point is well-taken, for sure!

      Thank you for your comment :)

    • MsPseudolus

      Several links added for Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt today to reflect the closing and opening of many Facebook pages.

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