Al Jazeera has launched a Twitter Dashboard on its blog today which tracks Twitter keywords and hashtags, the number of tweets, and other information about how people are using Twitter to communicate during the uprisings in the Middle East.
You can visit the Twitter Dashboard on Al Jazeera’s blog for some insight into how Twitter is being used to process and disseminate information about four countries in turmoil: Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain.
The dashboard includes four main pieces of information. The top right displays the four countries and the number of tweets each day about local and international developments. It also breaks this ultra-large number (Libya currently has more than 140,000 tweets and it’s not even 2PM Eastern) into the average number of tweets per minute.
To the left of this info box is a graph that depicts the timeline of tweets about each country. Below this, on the left, is a Twitter stream displaying some of the latest tweets related to these four countries. And to the right of that is a visual distribution of the most popular hashtags related to each country.
This is not the first time Al Jazeera has harnessed Twitter to provide up-to-the-minute coverage of recent events in the Middle East. In early February, the news organization purchased several promoted tweets about the uprising in Egypt in order to reach Western audiences.
The Twitter Dashboard is a fantastic resource to track the conversations around the turmoil in the Middle East. You can follow some of the most current tweets, or get involved by using the hashtags it displays.