Digitalsurgeons had a close look at the demographics of Facebook and Twitter in 2010 and came up with this insightful infograph.
I quote them here: “One has over 500 million users, the other just over 100 million. But who are they and what’s their behavior? What’s their value to a brand? How old are they? What’s their education? How much do they make? Just exactly what does the Facebook vs. Twitter landscape look like? Good questions. Here’s how we see it.”
An interesting infographic by Hootsuite that shows the powerful role social media can play to help peoples around the world shape their own future. Egyptians brilliantly used social media media to orchestrate a model revolution against a stubborn political regime that governed Egypt for more than 30 years.
On January 25th, Egypt has seen a public revolution against Mubarak’s regime, calling for democracy, freedom and public justice. Egyptian young bloggers, such as Wael Ghonim and others, were the main fuel behind the heated protests, using social media networks, excessive blogging and tweeting to advocate, coordinate and ignite the peaceful revolution. Despite Mubarak’s fierce police tactics to isolate Egypt from the rest of the world, blocking all sorts of landline, cell and satellite communications, Egypt’s youth found their way to rally worldwide support for their Social Media Revolution. It took them only 18 days to oust Mubarak and shout at the heart of Cairo, “Egypt is Free!”
The influence of the Egyptian revolution was immense and echoed everywhere in the Arab world. Egypt’s tweeting network has extended invaluable lessons to Arab bloggers and has spread the word, “Tweet, Tweet, Tweet!”
I quote Kovas Boguta here, “Experts say Egypt is the crystal ball in which the Arab world sees its future. Now that Mubarak has stepped down, I can share the work I’ve done making that metaphor tangible, and visualizing the pro-democracy movement in Egypt and across the Middle East. It is based on their Twitter activity, capturing the freedom of expression and association that is possible in that medium, and which is representative of a new collective consciousness taking form.”
The infographic represents Twitter use by Egyptian bloggers and the influence they extended to others in the Arab world. Those writing in Arabic only are represented in red, only in English are in blue and overlap by various shades of purple. Influence, in terms of follows, are represented by lines and those who influence each other are located in proximity.