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News About the Egyptian Revolution Came from Across the Media Spectrum

Egyptians celebrating news that President Mubarak is stepping down. Photo: Dylan Martinez, Reuters

Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down from power after 18 days of nonstop protest by the Egyptian people. With cheers still coming from Tahrir Square, Wolf Blitzer was already asking Wael Ghonim where the next revolution would take place. (Video after the jump.) Ghonim is the Google exec who was held by Egyptian authorities and revealed to be behind an influential Facebook page, “We are All Khaled Said.”

“Ask Facebook,” Ghonim responded.

As the revolution in Egypt unfolded, the media discussed the impact social media was having. But when social networks and mobile connections were interrupted, the Egyptian people used traditional communications methods to get their message out too. Together, the old and new spread news of what was happening around the world.

Today, world leaders took to Twitter to share their reactions to the news.

“Egypt takes the Arab world into a new era. Let’s make it a better one,” Bahrain’s foreign minister, Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, tweeted.

“Those who now run Egypt have a duty to reflect the wishes of the Egyptian people,” tweeted British Prime Minister David Cameron.

As the news media continue to cover the reaction to the announcement, outlets also continue to discuss the role social media has played. It seems that the two leveraged one another to help the Egyptian protesters in their fight and celebrate the outcome.

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