Saturday, May 12, 2012
In a land far away lies the huge kingdom of Twitterville; one that has no geographical or cultural boundaries.
At a click you can start interacting with people from all over the globe, and whether you are interested in social issues, latest news, religion, politics, arts and literature, sports, a couple or even all of the above, you are bound to find hundreds of people who share your passions.
This social networking application, which has became quite popular in the UAE, is a part of most Emirati youth's daily routine.
"While Twitter helps me stay updated with the latest political news and updates that interest me, since I follow a lot of experts from my field, one of my main uses of Twitter is to raise awareness through interacting with different groups in society, including the youth," Emirati professor of political sciences at UAE University Ebtisam Al Katbi told Gulf News.
Abdullah Al Nuaimi, a 25-year-old teaching assistant in economics at UAE University, said: "I read tweets, interact with them, and join different conversations. "Twitter is a hub that a lot of young Emiratis use to express opinions and share points of view regarding social issues that concern them. For example, the quality of health, education, and the role of institutions in civil society. Having initiated and moderated several Twitter discussions myself, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of positive interaction and feedback that they have generat
Twitter has not only become a fast tool of communication and discussion but is also a powerful method of spreading messages, which Emiratis interested in social work, charity and philanthropy make full use of.
Besides the insight on their community, Twitter has given many Emiratis the chance to connect with people from across the Middle East.
"I tweet from different social events that I attend, in order to raise awareness and encourage discussions," 26-year-old Wafa Khalfan, founder of Salfa Media, added.
"Before providing people with any platform for debate and discussions, you need to make them aware of the fundamentals of debate," said Maria Hanif, a 26-year old country programme officer at a Dubai-based philanthropy organization.
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