Last year, I connected with Stephanie Rudat over a year ago when we were both named on a list of 11 Twitter Activists You Should Be Following. (It is also how I met Mark Horvath, an activist for homelessness). Stephanie is the founder of the Alliance of Youth Movements.
Tonight she tagged me in her Facebook post about how support Egyptians march tomorrow online and offline. Here’s the list:
- Tweet with the hashtag #Egypt to the top of the trends.
- Blog your hearts out!
- Comment on articles & share them with the plug-ins offere on each website.
- Share stories of those you know on the ground.
- Post images on Twitter, Facebook, your blogs.
- Circulate articles you find valuable (like this one).
- Tag friends in Egypt, and those active in this movement in your posts/tweets to broaden impact.
- Make your profile picture something that shows support for those in Egypt (feel free to use the attached image).
- Re-tweet posts of Egyptian activists, demonstrators, and media that are on the ground. Add the hashtag #Egypt if not already applied.
- Share this note with EVERYONE!
- Talk to people – make global news part of their everyday conversation. Expose those who are unaware of the story or why this affects them & present the opportunity to take action & spread the word.
- Participate/organize local demonstrations – http://MeetUp.com/ is a great tool & there are maps online calling out all sorts of demonstrations.
- Post signs (obey rules & laws).
- Listen – none of us know everything and there is a ton of information flowing. Take the opportunity to learn more so you can share more.
- Be respectful.
- Participate in a nonviolent manner.
Demonstrate to Egyptians and others fighting similar battles around the world that we join them in their fight for DEMOCRATIC freedoms!
According to Global Voices, there is a total Internet blackout in Egypt, but there is a workaround:
Google and Twitter (along with SayNow, a company recently acquired by Google) made a timely announcement: that they were jointly launching SpeaktoTweet, a service that would allow Egyptians to call an international number and record a voice message that would then be tweeted from the Twitter account @speak2tweet. All evening, recordings have been popping up on the Twitter account from Egyptians who have had the chance to learn about the service. Because of the total Internet ban, Egyptians on the ground have presumably learned about the service from phone calls to and from friends and family outside of the country.