Embattled president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, has lost all remaining support among his people after making a speech on television about dissolving his cabinet when the vast majority of Egyptians only accept pronouncements on Twitter.
'Some people were still undecided right up until the broadcast,' tweeted the foreign minister of Jordan, 'but after using TV to put his message across the president can only be seen, clearly, as being way way way out of touch. LOL!'
Hillary Clinton said in fewer than 140 characters that the situation was of 'grave concern' and urged 'restraint on both sides'. A further tweet from the State Department suggested that Mubarak 'should really get himself an iPhone and learn how to use his thumbs'.
Foreign correspondents in Cairo frantically cut their reports down to the bare minimum before broadcasting them, and their use of emoticons throughout the day graphically portrayed the deteriorating mood of the demonstrators.
Taking a cautious approach so as not to entirely align himself with the views of the dissidents, Barack Obama opted at this stage to make comments on the slightly less influential YouTube, but hasn't ruled out making a terse 140 character statement at some point if it appears to be in American interests, as confirmed in a tweet (via his iPad) by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.
David Cameron has also weighed by tweeting: 'Situation serious and conditions worsening. May have to get bus to bottom of chairlift. Determined to meet up with George for that Glückwein.'
Mubarak now has few options left: either learn a whole new way of communicating with his people which doesn't involve tanks, and perhaps allowing the extraordinarily rendered to give real-time updates on their progress through the country's jails may buy him some breathing space at least.
But time is pressing on the President and the demonstrators are adamantly refusing to back down. 'For heaven's sake,' tweeted "Abdul72" from Luxor, 'how on earth can any country respect a President who still has a page on MySpace?'.