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Egypt Uprising Draws Visitors to Al Jazeera English

Photo: Ben Curtis, AP

With news today that Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak will not seek another term, it appears that the protesters who have taken to the streets are exacting change in their country.

Al Jazeera is also reaping rewards from its efforts to cover the protests. The English-language version of the news channel, which launched four years ago, has seen a leap in its viewers over past days. According to the Wall Street Journal, the site had 110,000 viewers simultaneously during a recent Friday. Usually, it has between 5,000 and 10,000.


The site is available in 220 million households in the U.S. but is watched on far fewer televisions. Twitter and Facebook have also been driving traffic.

Speaking of social networks, Mashable has a primer on how digital media has been used to report on the protests. And the New York Times has additional info on Speak2Tweet, which has become one of the ways that Egyptians are communicating despite the government’s mandate to curb Web and mobile service.

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