The Egyptian Revolution, in tweets

February 16, 2011

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Twitter played a significant role in the recent uprising in Egypt, with protesters communicating via tweets marked with the #25bahman hastag (February 14 in the arabic calendar) to plan and rally for the demonstration. Michael Bommarito downloaded all such tweets and plotted their frequency over time using R's ggplot2 library:


Not surprisingly, the activity peaked on February 14. The complete set of tweets would be an interesting focus for further analysis; they can be downloaded from Bommarito's post linked below.

Update: Drew Conway has used the data Bommarito provided to chart the top tweeters over time during the revolution.

Michael Bommarito: Dataset: 5 Days of #25bahman

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