Twitter and Video Sources for Information on Arab Revolution

February 23, 2011 — Tags: , , , , , , ,

If you haven’t been paying attention, the Arab Revolutions are deeply moving, inspiring, enlightening, and the most important thing happening in the world right now. The violence directed at them has been at times horrifying, particularly in Libya. The people not only have not given up, in many cases, they’ve won, and continue to win, success after success, mostly through non-violent protest but sometimes through small scale violence in which their opponents are much more heavily armed and better trained. I’ve been watching the revolutions through the Internet, mostly Twitter.

I thought I’d list some of the sources I’ve been following regarding the Arab Revolution, in case anyone reading my blog finds them useful.

I have created lists on my Twitter account of people who are saying things about the revolutions. Some of them are actually participating in the revolutions, others are translating and transcribing what their contacts have said, and some aren’t involved but are commenting on it. I have a list for several countries. The ones for Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya have the most people on them. I’ve been adding to the lists as I go along.

My twitter lists:

libya-feb17
egypt-jan25
bahrain-feb14
algeria-feb12
yemen
iran-25bahman
morocco-feb20

If you want to see what’s going on in general on a topic on Twitter, you can follow its hashtag. A hashtag is a word or abbreviation that has a number symbol in front of it that people mutually agree to use when they are tweeting about the same topic or event.

Twitter Hashtags:
#libya #feb17 #libjp #umbrella #toktok #gaddafi #gaddaficrimes #kaddafi #qadhafi #benghazi #tripoli
#egypt #jan25 #tahrir
#bahrain #feb14 #lulu #pearlroundabout #lulupickuplines
#algeria #feb12 #algerie
#yemen #yf
#iran #25bahman #1esfand #iranelection #tehran
#morocco #feb20 #fev20
#tunisia #tunisie #sidibouzid
#saudi
#syria
#gaza #palestine
#jordan
#cameroon #cmr11 #douala
#gabon #revogab #alibongo
#zimbabwe
#mauritania
#ivorycoast #cotedivoire #civ2010 #gbagbo #abidjan
#kenya28feb
#djibouti
#china #jasminerevolution #cn220
#wisconsin
#revolution #revarabic

I have been impressed by Al Jazeera’s coverage, and my respect for CNN has increased, particularly my respect for Anderson Cooper, Ben Wedeman (bencnn), and some of the other reporters who are on the ground.

Videos:
Al Jazeera English Live Streaming and Youtube Channel (Streaming also available on Youtube)
CNN Anderson Cooper 360 video podcast (RSS)
Alive in Libya

I’m not sure how effective it has been as of yet, but Avaaz.org organized a project to get cameras and other media devices into Libya, which was shut off from international reporters. I donated to it. It will be interesting to see the results.

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