Is it Twitter time in Lebanon?
It’s good to see Lebanese politicians tweet. While the social media has played an emergent role in the recent political, social and economic developments in Arab countries, in Lebanon, the micro-blogging site, has become a new trend in connectivity used by most prominent Lebanese politicians.
With a 1.85 percent Twitter penetration rate in the first quarter of 2011, the social networking site seemed to have witnessed an extensive activity. The trend went upwards particularly when the former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has recently started to conduct a dialogue with followers, estimated to be 27,657 followers as of Nov 14. Twitter use has also come into sight, at the time Prime Minister Najib Mikati- who is an active user of the site, regularly posting messages about his activity and viewpoints- had a live tweet session with British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher.
Lebanon has 79,163 active Twitter users, with 11,000 daily tweets during the first quarter of 2011, according to the Arab social media report, conducted by Dubai School of Government.
The country is among the top five countries in Twitter user penetration rate with 1.85%, indicating room for growth. Qatar and Bahrain lead the way with an 8.46% Twitter penetration and 7.53% respectively, followed by UAE with 4.18% and Kuwait 3.6%. Created in 2006, Twitter is an online social networking and micro blogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as "tweets".
There is no doubt that Facebook also grew in popularity in Lebanon. During the first quarter of 2011, Facebook community increased by over 11 percent with 113,940 new profiles created. It’s worth mentioning that Lebanon is home to 1,201,820 Facebook users, for a population of 4,228,000, according to the report issued by Logicks Internet Marketing Agency in Dubai in June 2011.
The biggest question, however, is now, how much would Lebanese politicians who have found in Twitter a good way of communication first, and maybe a crucial role in elections later, would expand the base site user in Lebanon?
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