New website tracks MENA tweeters follows 1,400 journalists, bloggers and media sites

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New website tracks MENA tweeters gathers together tweets by media, journalists and bloggers from across the MENA region.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 14, 2011

A new website that tracks tweets by media, journalists and bloggers in the MENA region called has found that Al Jazeera's English-language television channel is the most followed Middle East media brand on Twitter (@AJEnglish).

Al Jazeera, based in Qatar operated three out of the four most followed Twitter handles in the MENA region, according to the website, including Al Jazeera Arabic (@AJArabic) second and Al Jazeera English's breaking news feed (@AJELive) fourth.

"The site enables journalists to see what fellow media professionals are tweeting about," said managing director of MediaSource and editor of the Middle East & North Africa Media Guide, Ben Smalley. "It enables PR practitioners to identify key influencers in different regional markets and media channels, while anyone can use the site to discover the media outlets, journalists and bloggers they want to follow on their own twitter accounts."

Dubai-based news channel Al Arabiya (@AlArabiya) is ranked the third most popular Twitter handle in MENA, while Egypt-based Rassd News Network (@RassdNews) is the most followed online brand, Egypt's Al Masry Al Youm (@AlMasryAlYoum_A) the most followed newspaper, Time Out Dubai (@TimeOutDubai) the most followed magazine, and Kuwait-based Marina FM (@MarinaFM888) is the region's most followed radio station. 

The website currently tracks over 1,400 media related Twitter handles across 18 countries in the Middle East & North Africa.

"We are adding dozens of new Twitter handles each day, so the site is constantly evolving," said MediaSource research manager, Hiba Rasheed. "There is also the option for any regional media, journalists or bloggers not currently listed to contact us through so we can add them." 

The recently published MediaSource/Insight Middle East Journalist Survey 2011 showed that Twitter is used by 22% of Arabic and 63% of English-language media outlets across the region, while the micro-blogging site is used individually by 43% of Arabic and 50% of English-language journalists.

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