Wael Ghonim shares Revolution 2.0 experience on Ted Talks

March 5, 2011: 10:24 AM ET

The Google Executive who helped organize the protests that led to the fall of Hosni Mubarak told the Egyptian story this week.

My takeaway from this inspiring story is that communication on social networks like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook is enabling citizens to cut through government propaganda and at the same time organize online without the fear of government retribution.

Ghonim credited Google (GOOG) with helping to secure his release from Egyptian Authorities. "There were a lot of factors to it," he said. "One is Google. Google did a lot of work to get me out. They did a massive PR campaign."  He also tweeted a thanks which implied that he was "feeling lucky" that "Google Searched" for him..

As for Ghonim's job at Google, Google tweeted, "We're incredibly proud of you, @Ghonim, & of course will welcome you back when you're ready - cf."

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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