Riyadh the most active Twitter city in the Middle East
The Saudi capital Riyadh is the Middle East's most active city on Twitter, according to the Paris-based analyst group Semiocast. The firm released numbers Monday based on a study conducted on a sample of more than one billion public tweets posted to the social network from June 1 to June 30, 2012.
The study shows that the number of Twitter's registered users in Saudi Arabia grew by more than 93 percent in six months, reaching 2.9 million users who contributed to growth in the use of Arabic language on the service. Arabic now ranks as the 6th language with 2.8 percent of all public tweets posted in June of this year.
In a previous study released by Semiocast in November said that Arabic languages has the highest growth on Twitter. The study that analyzed over 5.6 billion tweets revealed that the number of Arabic tweets increased from 30,000 in July 2011 to 2 million in October 2011.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo told the Los Angeles Times last month that Saudi Arabia is the fastest-growing country on the short messaging service with 3,000 percent growth in June alone.
The most recent Semiocast study shows that Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, is the world's most active city on Twitter, followed by closely by the Japanese capital Tokyo. London, Sao Paulo and New York rank as third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Bunding, another city in Indonesia ranks 6th, followed by Paris, Los Angeles and Chicago. Riyadh comes at number 10 and the top in the Middle East.