Saudi social media users ranked 7th in world

Updated 14 November 2015
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Saudi social media users ranked 7th in world

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia ranks seventh globally in terms of individual accounts on social media, with seven accounts for each individual — three of which are active — while the number of tweets on Twitter exceeds 500,000.
This was revealed in a survey by Saudi Aramco, which was based on official statistics from social media websites, including some of the trusted ones.
The study showed that 26 percent of Saudi teenagers use Snapchat, putting Saudi Arabia in the eighth position globally, in terms of teenagers who use the website.
Saudi Arabia ranks 14th in terms of WhatsApp users with 56 percent of mobile phone users.
The workshop on the future of social media held in Alkhobar had the participation of Benjamin Ampen, head of sales, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at Twitter, and Marwan Zein of LinkedIn.
The workshop discussed the future of social media networks in addition to information and tips about the best practices in the field of effective communication.
The Twitter head of sales said the percentage of Twitter users is very large in Saudi Arabia.
He pointed out that the hashtag during the opening of the King Abdullah Sports City (Al-Jawahara Stadium) in Jeddah was one of the most effective ones in the Middle East, in addition to the hashtag of Makkah Life.
He said around 80 percent of Twitter users post tweets on their mobile phones and 90 percent watch videos on their mobile phones.
One of the participants said 33 percent of Snapchat users in Saudi Arabia allocate two hours of use on daily basis, while 29 percent use it for one hour each day. He said 50 percent of Snapchat users are in Riyadh.
The survey showed that 1 billion people use Facebook everyday, and the number of Twitter users has reached 316 million on daily basis.
Around 400 million users posted 80 million photos on Instagram, with more than 5.3 billion likes per day.
The survey estimated Snapchat users to stand at 200 million per month who upload 400 million chats clip a day. The number of Facebook users exceeded 1.5 billion users, while the number of YouTube users reached more than 1 billion.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 25 min 29 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.