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|Title:||The role of social networking sites (SNSs) in the January 25th Revolution in Egypt|
|Author(s):||Essam Mansour, (The Department of Library & Information Science (DLIS), The Faculty of Arts, South Valley University (SVU), Qena, Egypt)|
|Citation:||Essam Mansour, (2012) "The role of social networking sites (SNSs) in the January 25th Revolution in Egypt", Library Review, Vol. 61 Iss: 2, pp.128 - 159|
|Keywords:||Egypt, Egyptian Revolution, Internet, Internet use, Social media, Social networking sites, Social unrest|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/00242531211220753 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to asses the role of social networking sites (SNSs) in the 25 January 2011 Egyptian Revolution, also known as the “Arab Spring”.
Design/methodology/approach – The research methods used were an adaptive form of snowball sampling of a heterogeneous demographic group of participants in the Revolution, used to select focus groups to explore a range of relevant issues.
Findings – SNSs are shown to have played a central and pivotal role in the events known collectively as the Arab Spring. Their importance as a source of non-governmental information and as a means of informing the external and internal community of internal events is highlighted by all participants.
Originality/value – The paper outlines research into contemporary events of global significance.
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