During a panel discussion at the US Department of State on Friday the 11th entiled Open Communications: The Changing Media Landscape panelest Hadid Habbab, Creator of Alive in Eqypt, talked about the experiences of the people that where involved from a very peronal and historic point of view. FYI Up until Muburak resigned~ it was a hot potato to have him even speak because of the knowledge and role he and other free agents where having on the revolution.
Yes, he did talk about Facebook and Twitter and the roles they played. However, what stood out like a cloud on a sunny day was the role that google's resources played in the organization, communications, organization and response in the revolution. The ability to have documents, spreed-sheets, and other assets online 24/7 keep them informmed and it also keep Egyptian authorities from being able to snuff them out. No government has ever faced a group that used resources deployed across the planet and unless said government can shut down the whole internet there doen't seem to be a way to stop information when it's in the cloud.
Again, sure much is being made over the role of Twitter/Blogs some of which is now bouncing back and forth across blogs, facebook and, of course. twitter about this and are important to read and consider. It should, however, not be lost in this pile of digital trees that Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and all other socialmedia are cloud based services.
So!!! until we expand the field of vision to think Cloud we are only seeing a shadow of the impact of this revolution. IMHO It's full on uprising against the old computer ways. There is a quote from Hadid now making it way around the world: "Socialmedia just lowered the cost of revolution." Perhaps it should be~ The Cloud lowered the cost of revolution. Please, Let me know when it comes up.