The Arab Spring was one of the most tweeted events of 2011, according to Twitter’s list of 2011 hot topics, released today. But the list is interesting for what it doesn't mention than for as much as it does.
Events of historical significance like the killing of Osama bin Laden in May, and most recently the murder of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, show the importance of real-time search and retrieval of news.
The website of Libya's domain registry, nic.ly, has been hacked with a simple message stating "bye bye Qadaffi [sic]". The hack is attributed to an individual known as 'Electr0n' and contains obvious anti-Muammar Gaddafi sentiment.
The British Foreign Office has created a Skype account to handle enquiries from UK citizens looking to leave Libya.The account, libyacharterflight, was created as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office chartered a 200 seat flight to evacuate Britons from Tripoli.
Following successful mass protests in Tunisia and Egypt thousands of protesters have been taking part in demonstrations in Libya, which included a “Day of Anger” on Friday. However, concerns have been raised that if Gaddafi’s government were to shut down internet access, as happened in Egypt, bit..ly links, which are shared by millions of twitter users every day, will become unusable.