Al Jazeera Launches Twitter Dashboard to Track Middle East Politics

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Social media may have been credited with driving a lot of the uprisings and revolutions in the Middle East recently, and now it may be the best way to keep track of what’s happening in each of them. Al Jazeera has launched a Twitter dashboard that tallies daily the number of tweets about political developments in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain, visually tracking the number of tweets from and about each region as well as the “hashtag distribution for each country.”

It’s an easy to understand system that may continue to push Al Jazeera further into the mainstream of international news coverage, following its already-lauded coverage of the Egyptian uprising. Expect to see CNN and Fox News claiming it was their idea in three… two…

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