Pick of Arab Tweeps: Political Twitter Stars of the Mideast
Al Bawaba's pickings of some of the more colorful Tweeps operating in the Middle Eastern Twittersphere, include social networking Lebanese politicians and singers, preaching Egyptian and Saudi theologians, and hip and engaged Emirs and Queens of the region. Which Arab politicians or celebrities are dominating the Twitter-verse? We trace their orbits to provide some social media vitals: their traffic figures - their followers, who they are following, their tweet-count, their handles (a.k.a screen names) and their profile pictures (avatars).
Arab celebrity Tweeps cover anything from royal contemplations to socio-political commentary. Twitter is fast becoming a formidable source of news and happenings in the Arab world. But who are the hot-shots in the Arabian Twitterverse? Al Bawaba has aggregated a few big players floating about the social media circuit. There are plenty more Tweeps in the Twitter ocean (obviously), but we have featured just a dozen, with particular favor to those prevelent today and operating throughout the Arab Spring. Continue reading below »
Over the course of the Arab revolutions, the social networking site Twitter proliferated with posts from both the Arab world and Arabs in exile in English, French and Arabic. Followers were gripped, tuning into their favorite Arab profile figures' accounts to monitor the dramatic events. The twittersphere was rife with community speculations - and even jokes - about which Arab leader might be the next to fall. Posts openly challenged leaders and regimes in a way quite unprecedented. Twitter opened the cyber-gateway to an interactive free-for-all, democracy distilled at its most real-time.