Twitter sentiment was revealed, along with
popularity of Egypt-related subjects and
tweeter influence on the 2011 revolution.
By ALoK ChouDhARy, WiLLiAm heNDRix,
KAthy Lee, DiANA PALsetiA, AND Wei-KeNG LiAo
THe 2011 eGyPTIAN revolution, which drew inspiration
from protests in Tunisia and led to widespread antigovernment uprisings throughout north Africa and
the Middle East, began with protests on January
25, 2011, culminating february 11, 2011 with the
resignation of President Hosni Mubarak.
1 The protests
and the revolution and their reflection in social media
garnered enormous worldwide media attention.
While some analysts said social media like Twitter
and facebook were not critical to the revolution,
others, including a number of activists on the scene,
credit social media with helping the movement
achieve critical mass.
2, 3 Whatever role Twitter and
other social media played, there is no question that
the protesters, as well as media and journalists, made
extensive use of social networking sites, tweeting and
texting on the protests, with the
messages read and commented on
by people around the world. In this
sense, the stream of tweets represents an enormous, unfiltered history of events from a multitude of perspectives, as well as an opportunity to
characterize the revolution’s events
scalable analytics helps make sense of
the influence on and outcome of large-
scale social and political events, as they
Advanced algorithms for sentiment and
response analysis helps differentiate
behavior patterns of groups within
twitter discussion on the egyptian
revolution was much different from
other twitter discussions in terms of
who was tweeting and what was said.