Twitter Hall Of Fame

A Memorial To Those Who Found 15 Minutes Of Fame On Twitter

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Mona El Tahawy (@monaeltahawy)

Turning to Twitter is becoming second nature for people who personally feel the brunt of government crackdowns in the Middle East. Journalist Mona El Tahawy, a central information source during protests in Egypt, is the latest example.

El Tahawy tweeted that she was “Beaten arrested in interior ministry.” The next day, after a global outcry, she tweeted, “I AM FREE" and shared the details of her ordeal. She also thanked the political activist who lent her the phone she used to write the tweet that inspired the hashtag #freemona. Mathew Ingram of GigaOm credited the Twitter community with fostering her rescue.

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Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim)

Wael Ghonim no doubt would object to being recognized in the Twitter Hall of Fame. “Please don’t turn me into a hero. I’m not a hero,” the Google marketing manager pleaded after being released as a captive in Egypt’s democratic uprising. “The heroes are the ones who were out on the street.”

But like it or not, Ghonim became the face of the movement. His social-networking leadership before he was arrested in Cairo emboldened Egyptians to go to the streets, and his release gave them even more reason to rally.

UPDATE, Feb. 13: “If there was no social networks,” Ghonim told CBS’ “60 Minutes,” “[the revolution] would have never been sparked. Because the whole thing before the revolution was the most critical thing. Without Facebook, without Twitter, without Google, without YouTube, this would have never happened.”

UPDATE, Dec. 1: One of Ghonim’s tweets earned the No. 1 spot on Twitter’s list of the top 10 tweets of 2011.

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