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‘Tweets from Tahrir’: Documenting Egypt's Social Media Revolution



The recent protests in Egypt has been dubbed a 'Facebook revolution', what with the incisive use of social media in organizing demonstrations. Now, OR Books will publish a book that weaves a narrative using only the tweets from the ground, titled Tweets from Tahrir.

The book will bring together a “selection of key tweets” from Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the protests, OR Books said in a statement. Editors Nadia Idle and Alex Nunns will craft a story from those tweets, allowing the uprising “to be told directly by the people”, or “citizen journalists”, as OR Books calls them.

“The tweet limit of 140 characters evidently concentrated the feelings of those using Twitter,” OR Books said. “Raw emotion bursts from their messages, whether frantic alarm at attacks from pro-government thugs or delirious happiness at the fall of the dictator.”

In addition, Tweets from Tahrir will also feature photographs taken by activists with the phones.

The 160-page book is slated for release 21 April.

[via OR Books]
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