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January 31st, 2011
02:35 PM ET

Social media in #Egypt: Reporter turns to Twitter after newspaper site shut down

Piers Morgan addressed one of the "most fascinating aspects" of the Egypt protests – the way social media has been a driving factor in the story.

In some ways, it was a necessity – Piers spoke to Sarah El Sirgany (Twitter: @Ssirgany) who reported all day Friday by Twitter, when her newspaper website was shut down.

Sirgany is an editor at Daily News Egypt, whose website was shut down. So she turned to Twitter and continued reporting. "The good thing that happened in Egypt is there was a crossover from the virtual world to the real world," she said.

Piers also spoke to Tumblr Director Mark Coatney about the social media platform and the way it has been used in Egypt over the past week:

"Piers Morgan Tonight" is live tonight at 9pmET with more on the Egypt story.

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  1. Gale

    What happened to the interview with Colin Firth? I'm less than impressed that no announcement has been made as to when that will air. I think people that are interested in your show are more interested in your interviews than hearing more news – the same news that is available on all other networks including CNN. It's back to MSNBC for me.

    January 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dodie

      CNN is a 24 hour news station. They do offer interviews; however, with breaking news, it will always take preponderance

      January 31, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. ChristineGordon

    Yes, it's fascinating how powerful social media has been and will be for social demonstrations as those of Tunisia and Egypt. Piers is right, social media now is a driving factor in story. Tyrans, watch out!


    January 31, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Carol

    Pier's interview subject this evening was to be Kid Rock, can you tell us when that interview will air?

    January 31, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Conrad LeProwse

    Piers needs to listen to the people he interviews and not worry about his next question

    January 31, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mitsi BAHRI

    Would you please NOT refer to President Moubarak as " THIS Guy ".....learn how to refer to important personalities.....

    January 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. mike23245

    Piers is just not an educated sense of courtesy or respect to his guests. For true world NEWS I am looking to CCTV...CNN can do only 1 story a day, or week, it seems..too bad..MOST professionals can walk and chew gum at the same time!

    January 31, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. mike23245

    Just finishing a point: Piers interrupts the answers of each and every guest. THEY are the experts..THEY are the ones we want to listen to. He comes through as a rank amateur, definitely not a pro. Tonite he was interrupting Dan Rather!...what a noisy child! Point 2 – there are TONS of real news stories from around the world every day..with CNN you get a handful, 5-6, over and over (most are "human interest" and the majority are US only). This blatant attempt to steer the audience instead of providing balanced worldwide news coverage is shameful. Adios Piers and CNN is becoming a click-through basic cable channel...too bad..CNN? I remember it well....

    January 31, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. mselaine1210

    Piers – your interview with Dan Rather was your worst yet. You spoke over him and asked him questions and then didn't let him answer. Then, you cut him off when he was trying to answer your question "If you were President Obama, what would you do?". I would really like to know what Mr. Rather would have said. What is it about the media that stays so far away from Dan Rather – a smart, articulate newsman with a wealth of experience.

    February 1, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Ivan Komarov

    How to tweet when there is no SMS or voice:
    Try it on your cell phone (t-mobile in the US) to report to the world what is happening! The number to use is +442034682361. IT'S FREE! Twits will appear here – @egyptspeaks

    February 1, 2011 at 1:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. DataGenetics

    It looks like the internet is back on.

    There are 5 million registered facebook users in Egypt who can now get back online again.

    Facebook is growing rapidly in Egypt. Registered members there have more than doubled in the last year.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mack - FL

    BBC America & Link TV have far better world news coverage with more content and less fluff and propaganda (for those complaining about news quality). And for those upset that they missed their useless celebrity interviews and were forced instead to watch history-making events in Egypt instead...shame on you. It's because of numbnuts like you that America's intellectual capital has become virtually non-existent. Step out of the shallow end of the pool...or turn the channel to FOX where all the other brainless twits get their information!

    February 12, 2011 at 6:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
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