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Egypt: online reactions to Mohamed Morsi’s removal

Today on the net: web users in Egypt react to the removal of Mohamed Morsi; the former CEO of Groupon creates a buzz after releasing a rock album; and a first person view of a parkour run…

Egypt: online reactions to Mohamed Morsi’s removal

Military coup or Egyptian revolution? President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military on Wednesday night, and the news has been met with widespread and mixed reactions from Egyptian web users.

The ex-head of state took to the presidency’s official Twitter page soon after being kicked out of power, urging the people to reject what he described as a “full coup”: his supporters have also taken to social networks with feelings of bitterness, saying Mohamed Morsi was the country’s first democratically elected president.

But the countless web users posting under the hashtag "#EgyptRevolutionNotMilitaryCoup" certainly don’t agree, and stress that it’s all the Egyptians who have taken part in protests in recent days, and not the army, that have forced the Islamists from power. Referring to a “second revolution” which these Egyptians feel was necessary in view of the authoritarian tendencies of Mohamed Morsi’s government.

And whilst some are hailing what they consider to be a second chance for Egyptian democracy, others are calling for vigilance as the army is back on the political scene…

The site Morsi Timer, which was displaying a countdown to the expiration of the ultimatum Mohamed Morsi was given by the army, is now showing a 90 day countdown. This is period of time the army has to follow its draft “road map” leading the country to fresh presidential elections.

 

Former Groupon CEO releases rock album

He hit the headlines back in February when he was fired from the company he started, and now former CEO of group buying website Groupon Andrew Mason, is back in the news, after releasing a rock album entitled “Hardly Workin” which he describes as “motivational business music”.

As the business man turned singer explains on his blog, the seven track album is inspired by his personal successes and he hopes it will convey his knowledge and experience to others. He strongly recommends company bosses play the album to employees on a regular basis as it will increase productivity, Mr Mason even goes as far as to claim each song provides a solution to a specific problem that workers or managers may well encounter in their professional lives.

A somewhat surprising initiative that has drawn widespread commentary online, not all of it complementary … whilst some web users see it as an original idea, the vast majority of those who have listened to the album have criticized the quality of the music and the lyrics, as very average. The author of this article published on the Atlantic Wire website agrees, saying producing a rock album about corporate life is an odd choice, and it’s unlikely to prove profitable.

 

Now trending on social networks

The US Transport Security Administration, the TSA has started an account on Instagram. It’s called TSAblogteam and features photos of the most dangerous items that have been confiscated in airports across the country, like these boxes of fireworks for example, these loaded firearms found in hand luggage or this stun gun disguised as a cigarette pack. This is one way of boosting the agency’s reputation which is often criticized by passengers for being overly intrusive.

 

The great landscapes of America showcased on Instagram

The US administration has released a collection of stunning photos on Instagram and Flickr, showcasing the diversity and beauty of the great landscapes of America highlighting tourism opportunities across the country. Web users can also share their own spectacular shots online, celebrating America’s wonderful natural heritage.

 

Video of the day

This video will no doubt be a hit with thrill-seekers everywhere; we are taken on a parkour run, which involves getting up and around obstacles in the urban landscape, with professional James Kingston. The video was filmed in Cambridge in the UK, impressive stuff indeed and the views are quite simply amazing.

 

 

By Electron Libre

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