Sites like Facebook and Twitter helped mobilize, get the word out, and now they serve as a portal for celebration

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A Facebook page is where it's said to have all begun. When 28-year-old Khaled Said was beaten to death last June, a team of Egyptian human rights activists took to Facebook. The page attracted hundreds of thousands of people and 6 months later, after two weeks of protesting on the streets, Egypt is changed forever.

We followed the events on Twitter through #Egypt and #Jan25. Then the Egyptian government shut down the Internet. But that didn't stop the protesters; they found ways around it. Eventually the Internet was restored.

Today President Mubarak stepped down. Elated Egyptians gathered, this time to rejoice - in person, and of course online. My favorite tweet I found: "People in #amman going nuts! Guy just Stopped me, shook my hand and filled it with candy! #jan25 #egypt #jo"

Facebook and Twitter played a big role in mobilizing the people of Egypt. Now the question is: will the Egyptian revolution be a model for other countries? CNN's Wolf Blitzer posed a similar question to Google executive Wael Ghonim, a key organizer of the uprising who was detained by Egyptian authorities. Blitzer asked, "Tunisia, then Egypt... Now what?" Ghonim responded, "ask Facebook."

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