JEDDAH: RIMA AL-MUKHTAR
Published — Thursday 28 February 2013
Last update 4 March 2013 1:04 pm
A government spokesman said Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz’s account on Twitter was primarily aimed at stopping impersonation of the crown prince on this popular social media. “Prince Salman also wanted to establish close contacts with citizens by receiving them at his office after Dhuhr prayer daily to deal with their requests and complaints effectively,” the spokesman said.
Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, launched his twitter account on Saturday this week and has already gained a massive following of 240,000 followers. An excited Saudi twitterati welcomed the Prince Salman with numerous tweets and by creating related hashtags in Arabic and English.
“A nice touch by your royal highness in creating this account to follow the concerns of your citizens, their problems and to seek solutions. God bless you and keep you in good health,” tweeted Mowfaq Jameel, who goes by the twitter handle @1269888. Another user @Looolooo188 said: “What an unexpected surprise! The most prominent event in Twitter is that Prince Salman’s twitter account has been validated. Will he manage the account? Will he interact? We don’t know but he is among us now.”
This is the first social network account the crown prince has created to allow people the opportunity to contact him personally. His only tweet so far has addressed his followers with the following “This is the official and only twitter account of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Many Saudi tweeters welcomed the prince to the social media network, while others instantly tried contacting him via his account regarding personal matters and concerns.