During the Tunisian and Egyptian revolution, social media played a big part in distributing information from the ground of those particular riots and demonstrations, so the public and journalists (away from the scenes) could know everything that was going on. It worked particularly well and showed how powerful social media tools are today.
In a relatively recent paper written by Alfred Hermida, he discussed how many things have changed in journalism and with the distribution of information. As mentioned in a few of my previous blog posts, there have been many cases when Twitter showed pure power and relevance.
“Twitter has emerged as a key medium for news and information about major events.” (Hermida, 2010)