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Social Media, Reputation action and Governance in Middle East

Posted by gmi_blogger Posted in Social Media Marketing
April 11th, 2012 at 05:47am

facebooktwitterAfter brands got shaken by the people power aka social media in modern times, brands starting in the West & now in the Middle East have awakened to the need to investing into social media & marking it as integral part of the marketing plan.
After the learning of the brands, it was time for governments to get tamed. This time though, the tsunami of social media made its onslaught on the African & Middle Eastern countries moving heads of states who were until recently known as permanent / unshakable.

The wheel has turned further and governments across the globe are investing into monitoring social media & have decided to give higher thrust into participating by creating strong social media presence. Within a few months we will get to know see the recent steps the governments in the region have taken towards this. But there have been exceptions.

As always, Dubai & the Leadership of Dubai had sensed the importance of social media had invested time & effort into social media much before the tsunami had struck some of the regional African countries. The Jordanian leaderships active presence in the social media since long ago has also garnered reputation & media lime light as did the active social media presence of the ruler of Dubai.

Here is some data pertaining to the social media presence of Middle Eastern & North African regions political leadership.

Jordan Queen Rania 708,277 twitter 608 1,562,106
UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum 440,867
Syria Asma al Assad 156,137 twitter 41 86
Syria Dr. Bashar Al Assad facebook 51,728 twitter 71 5
Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad facebook 40,014 twitter 702 27,597
Jordan King Abdullah II facebook 32,013 twitter 5042 697
Saudi Arabia King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud facebook 28,068
Oman Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al-Said facebook 24,037
Lebanon Saad Al-Hariri facebook 22,132 twitter 1606 1726
UAE Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum facebook 18,604
Iraq Mam Jalal Talabani facebook 8,517
Palestine(West Bk.) President Mahmoud Abbas facebook 3,378 twitter 278 665
Qatar Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani facebook 1,617
Morocco Princess Lalla Salma facebook 1,017
Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah facebook 853
Algeria Abdelaziz Bouteflika facebook 620 twitter 131 500
Tunisia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali facebook 573 twitter 9 10
Yemen Ali Abdullah Saleh facebook 461 twitter 152 758
UAE Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan facebook 452
Morocco Mohammed VI facebook 265 twitter 1 50
Qatar H.H Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani facebook 255
Lebanon General Michel Suleiman facebook 111
Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa facebook 66 twitter 319 294
Egypt Mohamed Hussein Tantawi facebook 58
Libya Muammar Gaddafi facebook 33 twitter 2009 5,236
Sudan Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir facebook 3
Jordan Queen Noor facebook 1633 twitter 706 82787

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