The role of social networking sites (SNSs) in the January 25th Revolution in Egypt

Essam Mansour
  • Library Review, February 2012, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/00242531211220753

What is it about?

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to asses the role of social networking sites (SNSs) in the 25 January 2011 Egyptian Revolution, also known as the “Arab Spring”. Design/methodology/approach – The research methods used were an adaptive form of snowball sampling of a heterogeneous demographic group of participants in the Revolution, used to select focus groups to explore a range of relevant issues. Findings – SNSs are shown to have played a central and pivotal role in the events known collectively as the Arab Spring. Their importance as a source of non‐governmental information and as a means of informing the external and internal community of internal events is highlighted by all participants. Originality/value – The paper outlines research into contemporary events of global significance.

Why is it important?

The paper outlines research into contemporary events of global significance.

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Professor Essam Mansour
South Valley Univeristy (SVU)

Ph. D in library & information science, the University of Pittsburgh, USA. MLIS in Library & Information Science, the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA. BA in Library & Information Sciences, Cairo University, Egypt.

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