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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Resigns: Thank Egypt's Social Networking Revolution For His Resignation


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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has finally caved into the Egyptian citizens' demands and resigned as President of Egypt, moments ago. Mubarak's resignation can be attributed to the power of solidarity. Without Egypt's Social Networking Revolution, this would not have happened in just 18 days - after the protests began.

However, Mubarak may not have stepped down, if this revolt took place twenty years ago. It goes to show you the power of social networking and the internet. The protests in Egypt were originally organized through Facebook and Twitter.  Mubarak knew this and tried to thwart their organization efforts, but it was too late. Once Mubarak made the (politically) fatal decision to shut off Egypt's internet with his internet kill switch, all hell broke loose. And, there was no turning back .

Social networking is a phenomenal engine for political organization. While social unrest and protests have remained a part of the human condition since the dawn of civilization, it is much easier to mobilize with social networking tools. Added to that, news spreads like wildfire in today's age. No longer can warlords rule with an iron fist in clandestine. Their dirty deeds are exposed for the world to see.

Social networks like Facebook and Twitter allow Americans to communicate with our Middle Eastern counterparts in ways which were unimaginable in the 1980's and 1990's. Youtube provides a venue for citizens to put out news. No longer do we have to rely upon newsmakers to tell our story. We can do it ourselves and it's an enormous power that citizens possess, making them arguably stronger than politicians. And, the Egyptian people proved how much power they have.

Thanks to men like Julian Assange (who runs Wikileaks), the corrupt secrets of governments are fair game for the world to see. In the 1980's it took weeks, months, or years for atrocities to see the light of day. Now, atrocities like the ones which took place during the protests, are exposed and cause a worldwide outrage within minutes.

When Mubarak became stubborn and refused to step down, the protests at Tahrir Square got louder and louder. And, the Obama Adminstration noticed and realized that the people were going to win, and told Mubarak to leave. There was no way the Obama Administration could stand by Mubarak once he shut Egypt's internet off.

The announcement came Friday from Vice-President Omar Suleiman who said that military forces will now take over. The power of protest was put to the test and the people of Egypt got their wish. Mubarak stepped down and it marks a dawn of a new era for the Egyptian people. The images of thousands of citizens at Tahrir Square will forever imprint the history books.

This also marks the dawn of a new era for political change. Egypt's Social Networking Revolution is to the 2000's what America's Revolution was to the 1700's.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com