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Facebook ’round the world

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Over at O’Reilly Radar, Ben Lorica has an updated analysis of Facebook’s global growth. Among the findings:

  • Europe is now home to a third of all Facebook users, with the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, Spain, and Germany driving growth
  • Facebook remains a smaller social networking platform in Asia, but has seen rapid recent growth in Indonesia and the Philippines
  • Turkey is a surprising leader – home to 69% of all Facebook users in the Middle East and North Africa, and behind only the U.S., UK, and Canada in total number of Facebook users

Out of curiosity, I went back to the page for the “Alliance of Youth Movements,” a group affiliated with the State Department’s public diplomacy efforts, to find out whether the worldwide “March Against Al Qaeda” had a date listed yet. Still “March, 2009 – exact date to be determined.” Not keeping my breath held.

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March 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm

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Facebook and a new form of opposition in Egypt

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Samantha M. Shapiro has an exceptional piece in this Sunday’s NY Times Magazine on Facebook’s role in organizing an opposition youth movement in Egypt. Shapiro also brings to light the attention paid by the State Department’s public diplomacy arm to Facebook, including this December summit featuring the Obama campaign’s new media team. 

You can find the Facebook group created by the State Department, the “Alliance of Youth Movements,” here. It gets even more interesting. The first thing listed in the group’s description is “THE MARCH AGAINST AL QAEDA,” scheduled for March in 20 locations around the world, including Baghdad, Mumbai, Cape Town, Beirut, Bahrain, and an unnamed site in Saudi Arabia. Its precedent is the “One million voices against FARC” group that inspired a protest of one million+ in Colombia last February, the largest so far against a terrorist organization. 

The Colombia and Egypt examples offer hope for technology-driven efforts in “civil society 2.0” and “dorm room diplomacy.”  But it still seems a hope fraught with ambiguity. Shapiro’s best sentence is at the end of her article on Egypt:  But what does it mean to have a vibrant civil society on your computer screen and a police state in the street?

Written by Mark

January 26, 2009 at 1:24 am