Facebook, a word with range of interpretations with one interpretation like the face becomes the book available for everyone to read. Most of the people spend their time on facebook for refreshing themselves. Now imagine how this means of refreshment becomes a tool for revolution, as we witnessed during Arab Spring (Egypt).The way we communicate, in the time of crises, may become the defining factor of a movement.
On bright sunny day of June 2010, a young boy named Khaleed Saeed sitting in a cyber cafe was arrested by two detectives. A few days later Saeed was found dead in an attempt to sallow the packet of hasish. When Saeed’s dead body was received by his family , his brother snapped the corpse and was released onto the internet.
Wael Ghonim, a Google employe saw this picture and decided to create a facebook page called ‘We all are Khaled Saeed’ within five days of his death. It became Egypt’s biggest dissident page with approximately 1,30,000 active members as per mid June 2010.The picture of Saeed’s fractured skull, distorted jaws and a broken nose became the profile picture of many facebook members protesting against injustice. The page was available in both Arabic and English so as to attain maximum exposure.
On January 27, 2011 Wael Ghonim, the administrator of the page was arrested for 12 days and internet was shut down as an attempt to crush the revolution. But the cyclone was led by people which resulted in ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
At the time of natural calamity like floods etc. a lot of facebook pages are created to spread awareness provide food, regarding safety etc. There are so many pages of renowned people and actually the popularity of the person is also determined by its facebook page.
So, what a facebook page can do?
It may become a benchmark for popularity, support system at the time of natural calamity and at grassroots it can bring people on the streets and change the system.