I have been noticing that Wael Ghonim (@Ghonim) was becoming more a ‘spiritual leader’ for a revolution that was never completed. He has been recently tweeting on twitter about the need to do things that will ‘help’ the economy.
It seems the guy has forgotten what made him famous in the first place: the facebook page ‘We are all Khalid Saeed’, which was dedicated to a guy who was killed by Mubarak’s secret police because of torture. He then went on TV after he was released from a temporary detention during the Egyptian revolution, and boom, he is the star.
Is the Egyptian Army turning to another Mubarak? Yes, sure they are becoming another Mubarak. Human rights breaches are still happening every day in Egypt, and Mr Ghonim comrades are still in the streets calling for the things he called for at some point. Where is he from that? I ‘unfollowed’ him on twitter yesterday with a clear conscious believing this guy is not fulfilling the role the youth hoped for.
Obviously, my ‘unfollow’ will not affect him; the guy was selected on the 2011 Time Top 100 most influential, he has more than 155,000 twitter followers, and they increase daily by more 500 (at the moment). He is writing ‘revolution 2.0’ and probably will get a good deal for it. But it’s a matter of principle. He said he will give the book proceedings to charitable destinations, which is an excellent gesture, but really I have no problem in him writing or making money. That’s not the point.
He tweeted yesterday in Arabic:
We agree that Egypt was at the threshold of an economic crisis, whether the revolution happened or not. But we can’t deny the bad side effects the revolution had on the workforce, especially the poor segments.
A hashtag #UnfollowedGhonimBecause was circulating around twitter yesterday getting people to explain their view on it, or really to ‘unfollow’ him.
I tweeted, and I got many ‘retweets’:
#UnfollowedGhonimBecause he seems to care about the ‘economy’ more than human rights. He doesn’t know that economy prospers when you have human rights.
@Ghonim was a temporary ‘following’, and I am happy to move on…