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Millions of miles away Egyptians are rejoicing in their ability to change history. United, they came together to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak after his 30-year presidency. Although Egypt is on the other side of the world, people all from all countries are celebrating this incredible victory with Egypt.


It's unbelievable to imagine this movement started on Twitter. Who would have thought that a social network would give way to such a massive movement? The internet is such a powerful tool that connects every corner of the world. But this is technology at it's best.


We have this power within our grasp and it's up to us to use it right. Other middle eastern countries are following the example of Egypt and using social networks to band together in an effort to mobilize citizens and improve their countries.


If a country can use a site like Twitter to overthrown a government dictator, what isn't possible with the use of the media? What can countries in Latina America do to begin a movement themselves? What can we do to create our own movements? The possibilities are endless.


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Comment by Sonia Rangel on February 14, 2011 at 9:59am

Social media is AMAZING! I think that's why they have internet restrictions in countries like Cuba, China and N. Korea. However, some people manage to get past these restrictions like a very popular blogger Yoani Sanchez from Cuba that writes about the Castro dictatorship. It gives us a glimpse on Cuba and she's very brave since she is acting against the government and that could have bad consequences. As for Latin America, I also think of Venezuela. I know friends from there that are anti-Chavez and I know that they use social media. Unfortunately, Chavez still has the majority vote.

 Having studied revolutions intensely in school, it's pretty exciting to be witnessing one right now rather than just reading about it. I can't wait to see what unfolds and I wish all the best to Egypt and its people. I am in solidarity with them 100% but I hope that the next government that takes over is an efficient one that helps the people. 





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