Google's Wael Ghonim Thanks Facebook For Revolution

By Jackie Cohen Comment

Google’s Middle East and North Africa Marketing Manager Wael Ghonim, credited with organizing the demonstrations in Cairo, thanked Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg for the social network’s role in helping achieve freedom in Egypt.

Ghonim told CNN:

I want to meet Mark Zuckerberg one day and thank him…. I’m talking on behalf of Egypt. This revolution started online. This revolution started on Facebook. This revolution started in June 2010 when hundreds of thousands of Egyptians started collaborating content. We would post a video on Facebook that would be shared by 60,000 people on their walls within a few hours. I always said that if you want to liberate a society just give them the Internet…. The reason why is the Internet will help you fight a media war, which is something the Egyptian government regime played very well in 1970, 1980, 1990, and when the Internet came along they couldn’t play it. I plan to write a book called Revolution 2.0… that will highlight the role of social media.

We think that Ghonim’s desire to thank Mark Zuckerberg in person seems like a great marketing opportunity for both companies, and would also help promote any book that the activist might actually write based on recent events in Egypt. The former would certainly jibe with Ghonim’s intention of returning his focus to his day job.

Readers, what do you think about this set of developments?