It has been a little over a month since Egypt burned and the attention was drawn to the fact that people lived there, culminating in the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, after his long 30 years more of reign than of presidency; a situation that became the spark that lit the fuse that had appeared a few days before, when in Tunisia people took to the streetsTogether, wick and spark, they ignited a dust that burns today in the always unstable Middle East, with Libya embroiled in a bloody internal war and with a situation that has triggered the price of oil.To all this panorama, we currently add the japan catastrophe, the triple disaster, since first it was the earthquake, then the Tsunami, to be currently in a nuclear crisis that is overcome at times and with the stock markets collapsing. Without going into any more descriptions of the Apocalypse or in historical considerations about the events that are currently occurring, for those of us who live on the Internet or the Internet; or perhaps both, we should not go unnoticed by the analysis of the information and data flows online that are currently generating this type of events and disasters and through the various Internet channels such as email, the publication of information in online media and thousands of blogs that refer to current events and of course, the queens of the party, with Facebook and Twitter in the lead.A clear example of this type of phenomenon has been published by the popular site ShareThis, which during the Egyptian crisis monitoring information flows online To begin with, let’s not forget that the Mubarak regime was the first in history to shut down the Internet and apply severe restrictions to communications within the country, leaving speechless or articulate. thousands of its citizens rising up. ShareThis monitoring is very effective when it comes to understand how and despite communication and information restrictions, the news spread virally through the network and around the worldThus this report allows to know multiple data with the term Egypt; such as the number of times that each link was propagated and shared on the network and also how many people read it and all this limited in time and crossed with key moments such as the events related to the fall of Mubarak on February 11. The most important thing that this information reflects is that it translates into concrete data the traffic, captured in real time, from the online communication channels established under the Egypt topic on February 11, according to and in parallel with the events.
List of events, February 11, 2011, Egypt – 5:30 am The New York Times newspaper reports that Mubarak has left Cairo – 6:40 am Important statements will be announced shortly on Egyptian state television. – 7:15 am The high command of Mubarak’s party, the National Democratic Party presents his resignation. – 8:05 am Mubarak is overthrown – 9:30 am US Vice President Joe Biden refers to the Egyptian situation – 12:15 pm President Obama speaks publicly about the situation and events in Egypt. In this graphical representation, we can see data such as the speed of propagation of the event and its behavior since the news was made public, until the great peak of information that occurred at the time of Mubarak’s resignation, with a 103% increase in the price. flow, the one that was decaying during the afternoon as it became known throughout the world. Also thanks to the ShareThis tool it was possible to divide the information through the various channels of Facebook, Twitter and email, in such a way that the volume of transmission of each of them can be measured and with the logical result of having Facebook as the online communication channel most used by Internet users. And, on the other hand, obviously at the other end we have email as the least used channel, but with an interesting Peak around 9 in the morning, which corresponds to Mubarak’s resignation, to start a downward curve as they passed. the hours. As for Twitter, it also unsurprisingly showed once again its enormous capacity for communicate the facts in real time, with Peaks of Tweets spread simultaneously came the resignation of Mubarak and subsequent statements by President Obama and Vice President Joe Laden. Facebook, as I said before, was the winning network and with another pattern of behavior, since the information was on the rise during the morning, until it reached the Peak after the news, around 1:00 p.m. American time. The global conclusion that these data throw simply corroborate a reality and that is nothing more than the great capacity of viral propagation that the news has, as an informative factor in the users of social networks who not only read and consume information online and in time real, but also spread and share it with their personal networks, in such a way that the diffusion is enormous and immediate. It is not necessary to see the reports that we will have very soon on the confrontation in Libya or the earthquake in Japan to check it once more, as evidenced by the current online traffic on these sad events.