- The number of Facebook users rose significantly, the growth rate during the protests were at least twice the level of the previous year (with the exception of Libya). Still, overall penetration rates were quite low.
- In those countries where protests took place, Facebook was used to share calls to protest, often with specific dates attached. In Tunisia and Egypt, more than 8o% of Facebook posts raised awareness, shared information, or organized actions "related to the movement and events."
- During that time, the approximately 1.15 million active Twitter users generated almost 23 million tweets. The most popular topics were #Egypt, #jan25, #libya, #bahrain, and protest.
Sources - Civil Movements: The Impact of Facebook and Twitter, Journalist's Resource
Civil Movements: The Impact of Facebook and Twitter, Arab Social Media Report, 1(2), May 2011