The so-called Facebook-powered revolution happening in Egypt appears to be emboldening an ever-widening array of middle eastern nations to call for their own protests.
Syrian protest planners are asking people who’ve emigrated from Syria to rally in front of every embassy the country has worldwide. Similar appeals from Egyptian protesters want sympathizers to demonstrate worldwide.
An editorial in Al-Jazeera, the leading news service for the Arab world, says that protesters in the region have become much savvier about their tactics because of feedback gained from social media. The op-ed aptly titled “Getting in line for a revolution” and subheaded “Movements for democratisation are springing up in many Arab countries – one by one the queue increases” speaks highly of the demonstrators:
And it turns out they are polite too. Arab populations from North Africa, the Levant and the Persian Gulf have now, quite organically it seems, devised a wait-your-turn system for overthrowing the Middle East’s iron-fisted leaders.
The organizers the protests have been embracing tactics known to be best practices for non-profit pages on Facebook: They are educating the public about the issues and what’s happening in the regions; they’re having two-way dialogues with people on the social network; they are building participation and expanding their protest networks worldwide.
These strategies underscore the Al-Jazeera’s editorial writer Sharmine Narwani’s predictions about what’s to come in the Arab region:
I bet that every subsequent uprising will be leaner and smarter than the last. The Arab masses are learning quickly: when the Egyptian security forces sent thugs onto the streets to foment chaos and turn folks against the protesters, Egyptian bloggers and commentators hit the media and social networks to warn about these tactics – quickly pointing out that Ben Ali’s presidential guard had attempted the same a few weeks ago.
What do you think about the possibility that a growing number of Arab nations might stage revolts that use Facebook for organization and feedback?