TWEETS FROM TAHRIR to Tell Story of Egyptian Protests

Tweets from Tahrir

This January, history was written in 140 character messages by protestors in Egypt, allowing Twitter users around the world to follow the revolution in real time. Now GalleyCat reports that OR Books has compiled some of the tweets and pictures in the collection TWEETS FROM TAHRIR: EGYPT’S REVOLUTION AS IT UNFOLDED, IN THE WORDS OF THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT, to be released on April 21.

Edited by Alex Nunns and Nadia Idle, Tweets from Tahrir assembles the tweets into a narrative wherein the story of the uprising is directly told by the people in Cairo. The 160 page book will include a foreward written by author Ahdaf Soueif.

From the book’s official description:

“History has never before been written in this fashion. The tweet limit of 140 characters evidently concentrated the feelings of those using Twitter. Raw emotion bursts from their messages, whether frantic alarm at attacks from pro-government thugs or delirious happiness at the fall of the dictator. To read these tweets is to embark a rollercoaster ride, from the surprise and excitement of the first demonstration, to the horror of the violence that claimed hundreds of lives, to the final ecstasy of victory.”

At the time, the Egyptian protests were called a “Facebook Revolution” because they probably couldn’t have been sustained without social media. I know I was constantly checking Twitter for news, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this collection. What do you think? Is Tweets from Tahrir something you would want to read?

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