After 30 years, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has stepped down from office. Much like the start of the uprising, reaction is pouring in on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Here’s a look at some of the first tweets and most memorable early quotations.
BBC News and the Huffington Post were among the first news organizations to tweet the news of Mubarak’s resignation:
@BBCWorld: Secretary General of #Egypt’s ruling NDP party, Hossam Badrawi, resigns a day after he told BBC he’d asked President #Mubarak to step down
@BBCBreaking: President #Mubarak has stepped down as president of #Egypt, Vice-President Suleiman announces
@HuffingtonPost: ALERT: #Egypt’s vice president says Mubarak has stepped down http://huff.to/egyptnews
Wael Ghonim, the 30-year-old Google executive who is hailed as a “cyber-activist” after creating a Facebook page for an Egyptian allegedly killed in a police brutality incident, responded:
@Ghonim: (Congratulations to Egypt …The offender left the palace) مبروك لمصر .. المجرم غادر القصر
@Ghonim:The real hero is the young Egyptians in Tahrir square and the rest of Egypt #Jan25
@Ghonim: Dear Western Governments, You’ve been silent for 30 years supporting the regime that was oppressing us. Please don’t get involved now #Jan25
Leading Egyptian opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei:
“This is the greatest day of my life. The country has been liberated”
@waelkhairy88: It’s impossible to describe the electricity in the air. It’s time to celebrate all night. Thank you all so much for your support. #EGYPT
@monasosh: Ppl are screaming ” long live the revolution” we finally got rid of him #Jan25
@NadiaE: Egyptians revolution peacefully, in style and with a great sense of humor. I am so proud of my people! #jan25
@Gemyhood: Im Egyptian and im Freeeeee #Egypt #Jan25
@seksek: Smaller challenge is over, now the big one has started, can we build this country? #egypt #jan25
And a few tweets from the media:
@brianstelter: CNN’s Blitzer: “Tunisia, then Egypt. What’s next?” @Ghonim: “Ask Facebook.”
@hereandnow: just spoke to @Ghonim : he told us “welcome back egypt.. in 20 days we became 20 million… until we found you [egypt] welcome back egypt!
@LaraABCNews: Mubarak steps down, Army rules, Egypt hoping to transition to a free and open democracy. It will be hard won. #Tahrir
@bencnn: The Mubarak regime miscalculated the people of #Egypt from day one (#Jan25). No matter what regime did, the people always won. #Egypt