The Egyptian Revolution on Twitter

This is a network visualization of the network of tweets and retweets with the hashtag #jan25 at February 11 2011, just before and after the announcement of Mubarak’s resignation. It is based on about an hour of data collection by André Panisson. You can see an explosion of retweets right when the vice-president announces Mubarrak’s resignation. See here for more detail on the data collection and access to the data set.

h/t MSFS student Jimmy Tobyne

2 Responses to The Egyptian Revolution on Twitter

  1. John February 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Theory: Retweeting is a major collective action problem of the 21st century. People did not desire to Retweet the initial calls for popular action in Egypt because it was not yet “trending,” thus constituted low-value Tweets made lower by the possibility of government retribution in the case of Egyptian citizens. Early Tweets of an important topic will always exist as unconnected points in the center of network maps because in the time between their creation and their burying under later Tweets they accrue little value on their own, except as the foundation for greater trending momentum.

  2. John February 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm #