Twitter Blocked In Egypt: Political Problems The Cause?

Twitter is one of the largest social networking sites in the world; it’s often associated with Facebook as being the big two. We have already reported that Twitter’s value has increased to around $4 billion.

As we all know, once something hits Twitter and it is a pressing issue or is something like a device that everyone wants, Twitter goes nuts. You only have to look at some of the Twitter reactions like that of the recent Top Gear Live Tour. Another example of this is Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas being applauded by Rio Ferdinand.

We are now hearing reports that Twitter has been blocked in Egypt and Twitter has officially confirmed this, what’s the cause you ask? Well, it’s to do with the protesters that have taken to the streets in an attempt to end the ruling of President Mubarak. The President has ruled the country going back as far as 1981. You can read more about this over at computerworld.com where John Ribeiro has written an in depth article.

The belief is that Egyptian protesters are using social networking to co-ordinate and organize their protests against Egypt and also to demonstrate their stand to the rest of the world. You only have to look back at what happened with Tunisia to realize how quickly social networking can escalate things.

What do you think? Should Twitter be blocked? What do you think of Social Media being used to co-ordinate protests? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.