Next uprising? Look to the mobile phones
Peter Panda

Stat of the day: Eqypt’s cellphone penetration exploded in ’09-’10, going from 52.2% of all citizens in Dec. 2008 to 80.8% in Sept. 2010. At the same time, its Internet penetration is still pretty low, at 24.3% in ’09.

So, considering that the revolution was driven by cellphones and Twitter accessed through them, who else is moving in this direction in the Arab world?
– Libya 148% cellphone penetration
– Algeria 85.7%
– Yemen about 25%
– Tunisia about 85%

Here’s some other countries:
– UAE 233%
– Bahrain 177%
– Russia 163%
– Lithuania 152%
– U.S. 91%
– China 56%

It may be more about growth than full penetration. The countries where cellphones grow quickly like Egypt may be where the action in is in the coming years.

Watch for it.

Peter Panda

Pioneering social media panda bear Tagawa “Peter” Panda was born on a Chinese game reserve in 1969. He emigrated to the United States in 1987 speaking no English, with only the fur on his back and $97 stored in a Jansport fanny-pack wrapped around his waist.

In 2003 while searching for food on the campus of Washington University, he discovered a computer lab where he would ultimately teach himself web development, graphic design, and immerse himself into the growing digital media evolution that was erupting at the time.

With his trademark surly demeanor developed during beatings on his boat ride from China to the U.S., as well as having a penchant for eating vast quantities of bamboo, and enjoying Scotch and cigars, Peter is broadly recognized for coining the phrase “social media” in 2004. He joined Elasticity in late 2009 as the agency’s director of social media strategy and wildlife relations. Friend him on Facebook here.

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