My friend is dead: My friend is not dead.
Today a friend of mine died. And I found out on Twitter.
Actually, that’s not correct. In fact, not at all.
Instead, a person of the same age range, name, and location died, and I found out on Twitter. I spied a tweet announcing the death of someone who appeared to be my friend, and had to deal with a rising panic while trying to sort the situation.
It took me a good five minutes to find out that the Ahmed Naguib I know, a student living in Cairo, and activist, was not the Ahmed Naguib, of the same age range and locale, that had been killed.
It started like this:
@Gsquare86: “Another dead clinically Ahmed Naguib, 18 years old #MorsiMubarak #acab from clashes Mohamed Mahmoud st”
I followed up:
“Can anyone confirm that @ahmednaguib is alright? I’m seeing that someone by his name is dead in Egypt.”
“@Gsquare86 is that @ahmednaguib? Please respond.”
Happily, the Ahmed that I...
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