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Twitter study reveals explosion in Arabic 'tweeting' - Channel NewsAsia #twitter

PARIS: The popularity of Twitter has soared in the Arab world over the past year, a study has revealed, reflecting the key role of the social networking site in the "Arab Spring" revolutions. Online Twitter messages, or tweets, in Arabic rocketed from 99,000 a day in October 2010 to over two million last month, social media monitor Semiocast showed in its study into the most popular languages used on the site. Arabic is now the eighth most popular language on the microblogging site, where users leave short messages of no more than 140 characters. Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites were used to chronicle the recent uprisings in the Middle East and north Africa and mobilise support. "With recent events, Twitter has grown exceptionally fast in the Middle East," the report said. Prominent bloggers including Lina Ben Mhenni, a Tunisian journalist who described ...

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