"A few decades ago, contemplating launching a global campaign like this would require that I own, say, a television station or two. I hadn’t even unpacked my television set when I moved to Chapel Hill to take up a position as an assistant professor in University of North Carolina. Heck, I didn’t even have a landline phone. But, “I” wasn’t just an “I.” Due to my academic and personal interests, I was connected to a global network of people ranging from grassroots activists in Egypt to journalists and politicians to ordinary people to programmers and techies. My uptions weren’t just cursing at a television set –if her arrest had even made the news in the next few days. I could at least try to see what *we* could do, quickly.
Concise, fast, global, public and connected was what we needed, and there is nothing better than Twitter for that."