Social media is definitely flourishing in the Middle East, particularly the Gulf region. Just take a look at the infographic below. Facebook, by far is the most popular, with Egypt having the most by population while the United Arab Emirates has the highest penetration. Citizens of Bahrain spend the most time daily on social networking sites (hardly surprising considering the events of the past few years), with Qatar coming in at second. Meanwhile Twitter is quickly gaining in popularity. Here is one question, I have, however; clearly Instagram is extremely popular in the UAE, and I have many followers in the country? But my friends and I want to know this: how is it possible that the average Emirati has about 9,000 followers when they’ve only posted about 15 pictures? Now that is something I would like to see an infographic on. Learn more at Digital Qatar.

Social Media in the Middle East

Social Media in the Middle East

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.