In the ’60s and ’70s, protesters marched and slept in front of the White House. Today, they take to Facebook instead. Example: Social media-organized protests in Egypt led to the ousting of dictator Hosni Mubarak. The movement began on January 25, 2011 with massive organized marches and gathering that lasted until February 11, when Mubarak finally stepped down.
On January 15, 2009, Sarasota resident Janis Krums didn’t know he was about to become a breaking news reporter. That’s exactly what happened when he took a shot of US Airways Flight 1549 evacuating its passengers into freezing cold waters and tweeted, “There’s a plane in the Hudson. I’m on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.” In that moment, @jkrums outshined cable news channels everywhere.