Updated: List of Top 10 Twitter Users in the Arab World, @QueenRania #1

10 Apr, 2010

Update 1: Aljazeera English has been added it is now #5
Update 2: from innowave. the company behind ArabTweeple  said that they “used a Twitter search engine that offer twitter search for people by location, and got the list by API calls, but right now, most of the informations is a bit outdated ( especially Followers count ) , from now on they will update those information directly from Twitter, and maybe create their own Twitter crawler to index all the 40K arabs on Twitter. ” 35,000-40,000 Arabs that SpotONPR counted on a report, but there is no final answer into the actual Arab users on Twitter. “

We just posted about ArabTweeple a directory listing Arab Twitter users, so I used it to manually crunch the list of top Arab Twitter users from all Arab countries according to the number of followers they have, as ArabTweeple is not up to date with the number of followers I manually entered every account to get the latest numbers.

The list reveals a number of facts: There is a huge gap between #1 most followed account in the Arab world for Queen Rania and the next  in the list who has 61,102 followers, 4 of the top users are from Jordan, 3 accounts are for companies, 4 of the top users are non-arabs and  (update 2: many have a higher following to followers  ratio . ( you can follow the whole list here, do not also forget to follow ArabCrunch.NET Startup Q&A on Twitter.)

Here is the list:

1 . @QueenRania of Jordan has 1,257,141 followers and following 57 twerps only, Queen Rania followers are mostly westerners, Queen Rania Tweets her self, she tweets about social issues education and supports global causes related to poverty and child education.

2. @JordanTimes: there is a wide difference between Jordan times and  Queen Rania’s 1,257,141 followers and the second rank of 61,102 followers for Jordan Times (JT). This account is also from Jordan which is the only english newspaper from Jordan, JT Twitter account is managed by a local social media company, hence the number of followers.

3-@sajits Sebastian T Samuel, with 27,318 followers, Samuel from UAE his bio says he is “an IT professional with broad experience in Enterprise Architecture, ERP implementations and Custom Development in various industries.”

4-@MrPigglesworth: From Lebanon ranks third with 25,218 followers, his name is Kevin Pigg and identifies him self as the christian, Husband, Father, Landscaper & Writer of ThePiggPin.com.

4- @AJEnglish: the world’s breaking news from the only English Satellite news channel in the Arab world: Aljazeera English with 24,910 followers.

5-@callcentersite: Hani Masgidi from Dubai, United Arab Emirts, he pitch him self as a call center consultant and owners of http://www.steptocallcenter.com , Hani has 24,545 followers.

6- @Play996 is Amman jordan Music FM radio with 20,551 followrs.

7- @imrogb: Roger Byrne an english guy who moved to Egypt to run a social media agency, but his current profile says he lives in German. imrogb has 19,850 followers

8-@azizshalan: Aziz shalan from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has with 12,659 followers, he is an Apple users and Tweets about different topic, notably mobiles.

9-@actionwealth With 13,208 followers Geoffrey Semaganda pitch him self as Businessman, Fund Manager his location is set to UK, UAE and east africa. Tweets about career and self development.

10- @myhospital a private Hospital in Amman, Jordan with 13,094 followers,has interesting health tips tweets.

11-@DotComExpert: Abdessamad Aouad,Iinternet marketers from Morroco with 12,179 followers.

If you know Twitter users in the Arab world with more followers than the above please let us know via a comment, now how many followers do you have? :)

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  1. Gaith Saqer  |  April 10th, 2010 at 4:53 PM #

    I have to note that a number of them havr a higher % of followers compared to the number of people they follow.

  2. fatin khwarizmi  |  April 10th, 2010 at 7:03 PM #

    *apparently ,the number of followers has nothing to do with the number of people who communicate almost daily with you ,asking :”where re you friend ,missing you !” if u r not present for a day ! sharing thoughts with you & even some times they empower you on living comments if u have blog etc…
    *If you are not one of the celebrities do not even dream to be followed by more than one million follower & u r following only 50 or 67 !!! except ,if you are writing some thing MAGICAL that nowhere they can find it !!!
    *i m in twitter for almost 3 & 1/2 month, in 2 months lot of people was following me & i did not follow back ( i m not selfish ! hehe) simply i did not know the “Tac Tics”,so in few days they unfollow this way you lose friends & followers in the same time , simply every body expect from u to follow him back ,that is the game “scratch me i ll scratch u”!
    this link can help new people to know them followers & non followers !
    http://friendorfollow.com/oooooozoooooone/friends/

  3. sabine  |  April 10th, 2010 at 7:59 PM #

    i would like to add another 3 accounts from jordan :

    http://twitter.com/amous ( he is a jordanian , i know he lives in amman 3-7 months )
    also from jordan :
    http://twitter.com/khcc & @khcf also @sunny1051
    But the most controversial is @jordantimes , always amaze me how they have such followers compare to aljazeera ..Go Jordan hehehe, i heard they will change the creepy design !

  4. GregBali  |  April 10th, 2010 at 11:43 PM #

    Mr.Pigglesworth, #4 on your list is actually from a town called Lebanon in Tennessee, nothing to do with the country Lebanon.

  5. Hany Rahwan  |  April 11th, 2010 at 1:49 AM #

    To be fair, Mr. Pigglesworth seems American, not Lebanese or Arab at all.

    Also, I would recommend having a permanent list like this on your website. Let Arabs add in their Twitter id (and you approve they’re Arab) and have it rank them versus other Arabs.

  6. Beirut  |  April 11th, 2010 at 8:41 AM #

    I have way more than many of these tweeple :) @beiruta with 23,551 followers :)

  7. TripleM  |  April 11th, 2010 at 1:57 PM #

    Why I’m not mentioned in the list I was the 1st to be followed by the Queen almost a year ago. Check this
    http://twitter.com/QueenRania/following?page=1302047939887479231
    and this
    http://triplem.host.sk/?p=1682

  8. OMG  |  April 12th, 2010 at 5:09 PM #

    Dear Arabcrunch team,

    You always amaze me with your stupidity. It’s obvious that you don’t know anything about how twitter works. This comparison is ridiculous and means nothing.

    it’s obvious you followed a random procedure in determining the popularity of those people.

  9. Gaith Saqer  |  April 12th, 2010 at 10:06 PM #

    @Beirut what is ur Twitter ID plz

    @OMG did you read the first line of this post? obviously not: i used ArabTweeple to get the top list by followers and did a manual checkup into each one.

  10. Gaith Saqer  |  April 12th, 2010 at 10:12 PM #

    @TripleM you are not in the list bc you have only 2,068 this list is based on the number of followers not my editorial like, last one in the list has 12,179 followers.

    @sabine thanks for the suggestions :)

    @GregBali and @Hany Rahwan Mr. Pigglesworth will be deleted from the list. thanks for the note, keep them coming :)

  11. Tarek Kassar  |  April 15th, 2010 at 12:04 AM #

    That’s ridiculous.

    You announced personally the Arabtweeple.com site and that it is in beta and you ignorantly went after 5 minutes and made a report relaying on this 1 day old tool.

    Isn’t there anyone else other than you who compile reports?

  12. Gaith Saqer  |  April 15th, 2010 at 12:55 AM #

    Tarek did you read the first 2 lines of this post?

    “We just posted about ArabTweeple a directory listing Arab Twitter users, so I used it to manually crunch the list of top Arab Twitter users from all Arab countries according to the number of followers they have, as ArabTweeple is not up to date with the number of followers I manually entered every account to get the latest numbers.”

    please be more professional than picking on me every-time for no reason, I never even met you in my life!

    peace

  13. Gaith Saqer  |  April 15th, 2010 at 1:10 AM #

    also plz look at the update, thank you

  14. Zakaria  |  April 15th, 2010 at 3:31 PM #

    Hi,
    First I wanna thank all of AC team for there effort to take the Arab internet land-scape to the next level, you are doing a great job guys !! as for this list, let us first be clear about something: it’s quite hard to get those information, just try to gather those kind of info and you will see… , we at ArabTweeple; we used a Twitter search engine that give as Twitter users by location, so we used that to populate ArabTweeple, but the info are a bit outdated, and we are working on that, we will also add the ” add yourself ” functionality.

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  17. Philippines Call Center  |  October 11th, 2010 at 3:09 PM #

    Twitters new design is really cool. The have innovated it a notch higher. I hope chat would also be available on twitter. :D

  18. André de Alencar  |  October 15th, 2010 at 8:54 PM #

    Gaith Saqe, i’m from an agency from brazil that actually is making a social media job in middle east. Whats ur twitter? Email? Can we talk? tnks

  19. KaZ  |  April 7th, 2011 at 12:01 PM #

    Wael @ghonim not in the list?

  20. Awartany  |  April 7th, 2011 at 12:03 PM #

    What a stupid and inaccurate list! Your writing skills also sucks. And you need to learn some English grammar and punctuation rules.

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