50 Saudis undergo Twitter etiquette courses

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The Riyadh Literary Club recently organized a course on Twitter etiquette to improve the tweeting skills of Saudis and introduce them to the do’s and don’ts of this important social networking site, a local daily reported Monday.

Fifty participants attended the two-day course titled “Tweeting: Art and Skill”. Dr. Abdullah Al-Haidary, chairman of the board of directors of the club and course instructor said, adding the course aims to remind participants of the influence of words.

“Words can have the same damaging effect of bullets if they defame someone or infringe on his or her privacy. Words can encourage racism and mock the religious thoughts and beliefs that someone adopts in his life,” Al-Haidary said.

He cited the example of spreading tweets that are against the country’s best interests as a way of abusing Twitter. When someone sees such a tweet that does not serve the country’s interests or which defames someone, they might comment on it then retweet it.

By doing so, they are helping in spreading this tweet and this is a dangerous thing, Al-Haidary noted.

He also focused in the course on writing etiquette citing verses from the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) teachings showing the importance of verifying information before spreading it and saying good things that do not hurt anyone.

The participants were trained how to write short but crisp and to-the-point tweets to express certain ideas and beliefs. They were instructed that they should not use literary or pompous language and stick to simply-worded sentences.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.

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