ElBaradei Is Now #1 Arab Politician on Facebook, Passes Queen Rania in “Facebook Popularity”

16 May, 2010


Following Obama’s steps in using social media and using it to help in his campaign to change egypt and topple Egyptian President Hussni Mubarak, via elections, Former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Peace Laureate ElBaradei along with his supporters has been using social media extensively and the Internet to rally the Egyptian public behind him and his quest for “change.”

Sometime yesterday night the number of people who “likes” ElBaradei on facebook rose to 200,178 People just after less than three months of the launch of his page (at the time of writing the post it become: 200,201.) Queen Rania’s of Jordan facebook fans are 198,324.

Supporters of ElBaradei has announced this news on facebook calming that “Baradei is the most popular Arab political figure on Facebook.”

Even though the number of ELBaradei supporters is low compared to the population in Egypt of 60 million, butthey represent 6% of the 3 million Egyptians on Facebook.

In other social media fronts ElBaradei supporters have setup a Youtube page that has 47,710 views. ElBaradei also has  recently a joined Twitter and his account is verified but stands at 6,774 followers. Queen Rania has 1,274,550 followers which still makes her the #1 Twitter user in the Arab world by the number of followers.

Comparing the level of engagement between Queen Rania’s facebook fans and Elbaradi fans, we see that Queen Rania fans are becoming more engaged, -she recently released an interesting comic book for childreness-. Her facebook status likes and comments are between 1000 and 13,000 , (UPDATE: 13k votes is the photos folder for the Queen, because the page aggregates likes so if the  user uses one folder to publish all photos and keep publishing new photos her page keeps aggregating likes, so the best measure is status messages to measure engagement) While ElBaradie engagement levels are around 1000. (update: seems Queen Rania and ElBaradie level of engagement are close)

As ArabCrunch EN also covers social media, we mentioned before in a number of posts how social media is changing many things in the Arab world, this post highlights again how social media is changing almost everything in the lives of people living in this region. I am a Jordanian and living in Jordan, I do not have any political opinion in this post against anyone. I am just covering news and adding a bet of analysis.

To add more, when someone “Likes” a facebook fanpage it does not necessarily means he/she likes the person or the product or company, I follow “liked” many fanepages in order to follow the owners news and see how they use social media. To add more it might be true Elbaradei is #1 politician in the Arab world on Facebook right now and it is s success for his campaign but political situation from country to country differ and there are some Arab political figures that facebook has banned as such we are unable exactly to know the opinion of mass facebook users in the Arab world.

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  1. fatin khwarizmi  |  May 16th, 2010 at 12:38 PM #

    It is a normal routine ,as soon as you declare that you ll join a group or whatever for elections by TV or any social media , people start to follow you & wait for your proposals. don’ t forget, the nation need solutions, some are tired and want to hung on any person giving them hope !
    queen Rania is giving hope to mothers & children & straggling for it ,she deserves millions of followers !
    Elbaradei is like any other politician before him, he is trying to use all kind of media to success in his elections !

  2. yosry sabry  |  May 16th, 2010 at 5:20 PM #

    that’s not true .. Amr khaled has 745k in his page .. not only 200k

  3. fatin khwarizmi  |  May 16th, 2010 at 5:39 PM #

    it is the same i think . Amr Khaled gives hope in religion field & Elbaradei in political field & i can add some names in artistic field , but all using social media !

  4. fallujah  |  July 3rd, 2010 at 3:35 AM #

    to Yosry .. the title said “POLITICIAN” and as far as i know Amr Khaled is NOT politican ,but just televangilist

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