Last evening I watched the Twitter traffic on TweetDeck for the #libya hash tag. The speed of the traffic and the quantity of tweets made it almost impossible to read as it was passing by my screen so fast. Last week I watched the same thing happen with the #mubarak hash tag.
Twitter is becoming a powerful revolutionary as well as a political weapon, and is under-mining totalitarian regimes. Not what it was intended to do - but it shows the wonderful power of the Internet and Social Networking tools to give ordinary people the means to fight back against tanks, secret police, tear gas, and ultimately dictators like Mubarak and Ghaddafi. Other dictators watch out!
I recorded a short video to show the Twitter activity:
YouTube user MariKurisato has a better quality video (with music) here.