Web 2.0 tools and the uprising in Egypt

Mirette
Posted September 11, 2011 from Egypt

After the uprising in Egypt, I’ve come to see the web 2.0 on a whole new level. The new media are tools of empowerment for the humans all over the world, especially for the marginalized and oppressed. I experienced first- hand how the new media and the web 2.0 tools can be used to organize country wide protests and topple a regime that had been ruling for over thirty years. The strength and power these tools bring have shifted the perception of millions of people of the new media from being just tools for social networking and into empowering tools that can bring about social change and justice.

Web 2.0 are innovative tools, and if used correctly could have a major social impact in connecting the world. Imagine a young person tweeting about her life from a small village in the Middle East and having her followers at the other side of the world being able to get a glimpse of her daily life. Web 2.0 turns the world into a global village where people can easily follow news from all over the world.

For me, web 2.0 has been an empowering tool since it allowed me to communicate with others in a better way. I’ve always been better in communicating my thoughts in writing than in speaking, and so I find complete joy in communicating my thoughts, values and ideas through the new written media than through speaking. It also allowed me to have rich relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, which deepened my understanding on different issues. Also, I’ve been using the web 2.0 tools to communicate with my community when I traveled for my fellowship this year, and being connected to your community when you’re away is definitely a bliss that the web 2.0 tools have brought to our generation.

Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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  • lspano27
    Sep 14, 2011
    Sep 14, 2011

    Mirette - I love you idea of Web 2.0 inspiring a global village in which we can have a glimpse into the lives of others. I look forward to seeing how you use the web to enrich relationships in the future. Nice work!

  • marieb76
    Sep 14, 2011
    Sep 14, 2011

    You have shown a plethora of different ways that Web 2.0 will advantageously impact the use of the social media to empower people all over the world. In order to create positive change people must have access to a worldwide voice and you are a good example of having found that through Web 2.0. Well done!

  • Noriah Ismail
    Sep 15, 2011
    Sep 15, 2011

    Your community and your own life experience has taught you much.

    You can certainly be the voice of change and hope for your people!!

  • Mirette
    Sep 16, 2011
    Sep 16, 2011

    Thanks to all for the positive feedback, looking forward for more interaction on Worldpulse!

  • Obisakin Busayo
    Nov 12, 2011
    Nov 12, 2011

    It is good and wonderful to hear your voice at the pulsewire. Your voice is so powerful that i have the assurance that you are going to be a powerful leader and voice of change in your country. The sky is the beginning dear sister. RIDE ON! and continue to make use of web 2.0. As a result of web 2.0 which i was introduced to by the WorldPulse in 2009, My dream that i have been carrying about for 25 years have become a reality in 2yrs, isn't it amazing.

    Love Busayo