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    Digital Diplomacy and Lebanon’s most connected

    Earlier in November, Portland released How the Middle East Tweets – the most comprehensive map to date of Twitter connectivity between influencers across the Middle East. By analysing influencers across the region, Portland was able to rank top users in terms of how many other key tweeters in the Middle East follow them.

    How the Middle East Tweets was run between July and September 2012. The original findings of How the Middle East Tweets can be found here.

    Today, speaking at an event on digital diplomacy in Beirut, Portland’s Jimmy Leach reveals further findings from the study.

    The research found that Saad Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister, is the most connected Twitter user in the country. Not only is Hariri followed by over 215,000 people on Twitter, he is also connected to nearly 100 other key influencers tracked by Portland’s study.

    In second place is the Arab-British journalist Sherine Tadros, closely followed by current Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

    A list of the top 50 most connected Twitter users in Lebanon can be found below.

    The study also reveals that:

    • One in ten of the Middle East’s most connected Twitter users are based in Lebanon
    • #Lebanon was one of the most commonly-used hashtags among the most connected in the Middle East, along with #Bahrain and #Syria
    • Nearly three quarters of Lebanon’s most connected Twitter users are from the media
    • Organisations are far more active on Twitter in Lebanon than in the region
    • Egypt’s Twitter users have the most connections in the region, followed closely by those in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon

    Jimmy Leach, Senior Digital Advisor at Portland, said: “Public diplomacy is now digital by default. Any government wishing to talk to the citizens and governments of foreign countries would do so through digital means, most often using social media.”

    The event, at the American University of Beirut, is focused on digital diplomacy and the use of social media by governments. The discussion will be moderated by Jimmy Leach and includes comments from Tom Fletcher, British Ambassador to Lebanon, and Alec Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    Suggested hashtag: #MidEastTweets

    Top 50 most connected Twitter users in Lebanon
    1 @HaririSaad Saad Hariri
    2 @SherineT Sherine Tadros
    3 @Najib_Mikati Najib Mikati
    4 @TrellaLB Imad Bazzi
    5 @Beirutspring Mustapha Hamoui
    6 @Shadaomar Shada Omar
    7 @NadaAbdelsamad Nada Abdelsamad
    8 @Naharnet Naharnet
    9 @RulaAmin Rula Amin
    10 @HMATomFletcher Tom Fletcher
    11 @NOW_eng NOW English
    12 @alihashem_tv Ali Hashem
    13 @SleimanMichel Michel Sleiman
    14 @BeirutCalling Michael Young
    15 @DailyStarLeb The Daily Star
    16 @STLebanon STL
    17 @woodenbeirut Josh Wood
    18 @ZeinakhodrAljaz Zeina Khodr
    19 @antoine_haddad Antoine Haddad
    20 @javierespinosa2 JAVIER ESPINOSA
    21 @ALJADEEDNEWS Al Jadeed Channel
    22 @angienassar Angie Nassar
    23 @paul_salem Paul Salem
    24 @LBCI_News_EN LBCI News English
    25 @kellymcevers Kelly McEvers
    26 @LBCI_NEWS LBCI_NEWS
    27 @MTVLebanonNews MTV Lebanon News
    28 @TajaddodYouth Tajaddod Youth
    29 @HalaJaber Hala Jaber
    30 @NadimKoteich Nadim Koteich
    31 @samygemayel Samy Gemayel
    32 @TheZako Zaher
    33 @mayabeydoun Maya Beydoun
    34 @monasaliba mona saliba
    35 @Racha93halabi Racha El Halabi
    36 @daywood Daoud Ibrahim
    37 @lebanonnews Lebanon News
    38 @NicolaSehnaoui Nicolas Sehnaoui
    39 @Dana_Mk Dana Moukhallati
    40 @OliviaAlabaster Olivia Alabaster
    41 @ziadmajed Ziad Majed
    42 @AntaReportNews 3antar
    43 @antissa Antoun Issa
    44 @FChahine21 Fadi Chahine
    45 @DLKhraiche Dana Khraiche
    46 @ukinlebanon British Embassy LEB
    47 @futuretvnews Future TV :: News
    48 @annieslem Annie Slemrod
    49 @jessyabouhabib Jessy Abou Habib
    50 @MoeAliNay moeali nayel
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