A Saudi-based Muslim scholar tops a brand new list of the 100 most influential Arabs on Twitter, as Arabic tweets have grown by more than 2,000 percent over the past year.
Muslim scholar Salman Alodah is ranked at No 1. He has 647,690 followers and runs his own website, Islam Today.
The list, has been compiled by Khaled El Ahmad, a social media instructor from Jordan, are published on Wamda, a website for entrepreneurs.
Arabic accounts for 1.2 percent of all public tweets, and Arabic tweets have grown in volume over the past year at a staggering rate of 2,146 percent, according to Paris-based firm Semiocast.
When it comes to influence, Twitter lists have been generated to measure who has the highest number of followers, but is the number of followers an indication? El Ahmad argues that there are other, more effective measurements.
Klout is one website that claims to accurately measure a person's online influence, using 35 different variables on Facebook and Twitter to measure "true reach," which is the size of your engaged audience, based on the number of followers and friends who actively listen and react to your messages.
It also measures "amplification score," which is the likelihood that your messages will generate actions (retweets, @messages, likes and comments).
Another metric is your "network score," which indicates how influential your engaged audience and gives users a total score out of 100. This algorithm uses data points that include your followers, re-tweets, list memberships, your engagement with other users, their influence, mentions, and whether accounts that follow you are just spam accounts.
Klout also deducts points if you are absent from Twitter or Facebook, so it is a decent indication of how active you are online.
The present list of the Most Influential Arabs on Twitter is determnied according to their Klout score.
This is how it was compiled:
Websites like tweet.grader.com were used to find the top 50 Twitter users in the major Arab countries.
The top Twitter users were determned using http://mtwtron.com/top_users.
Only those users who have a score of 59 and up were considered, and took the top 100 scores descending from 100 down.
"Saudi scholar 'most influential' Arab on Twitter " Arabian Business January 28, 2012
"The 100 Most Influential Arabs on Twitter" Wamda January 24, 2012
Reproduced with permission from Islam Today