Google itself was among the first to make the announcement on Twitter:
Huge relief–Wael Ghonim has been released. Our love to him and his family.
The second, for DreamTV, was streamed live and live-tweeted by journalist Sultan Al Qassemi, who quickly translated the interview into English. The following are a few of Ghonim's statements captured in the tweets:
Wael @Ghonim: They wanted details, information. “Are the people who planned this outsiders?” We didn't do anything wrong, this was an appeal
Wael @Ghonim: The Egyptian State TV channels didn't portray the truth, that is why people watch the private channels now
Al Qassemi concluded his tweeting with this statement:
Wael @Ghonim's last words: I want to tell families who lost their sons this is not our fault. This is the fault of those clinging to power.
Egyptians and others on Twitter were captivated by Ghonim's interview, with many calling him a hero. @EgyptSecularist writes:
This is a turning point in the revolution. @Ghonim's emotions will give more determination to #tahrir. Tomorrow is going to be tremendous.
@SarraMoneir also expresses her appreciation:
egypt is crying… i´m drowning in my own tears. GOD BLESS YOU @Ghonim
@CaireneGirl Sherine Elbanhawy also gives Ghonim adulation:
@Ghonim We are so proud of you.No one blames you. U are a true patriot. We love u. Hold your head up high. You have liberated #Egypt #jan25
Cairo-based journalist Ben Wedeman (@bencnn) agrees:
the wael @ghonim interview on DreamTV: Earthshaking. #Jan25 #Egypt #tahrir
Egyptian journalist @SarahCarr sees things the same way:
The next time someone doubts the logic of the Tahrir occupation make him watch the @ghonim interview #jan25