Applications Screenshot of interactive map showing Ramadan activity in 2013

Published on June 27th, 2014 | by Yasser Masood

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Twitter celebrates Ramadan and Eid with special symbols

Twitter has officially announced that they’re extending the popular World Cup hashflag feature to the #Ramadan and #Eid hashtags. As the Holy Month of Ramadan approaches soon, Twitter usage significantly increases across the Middle East and the globe. Last year alone, more than 74.2 Million tweets were sent out on Twitter during Ramadan (Source: Twitter).

If you want to know how popular Ramadan was on Twitter, check out the below embedded interactive map (if you want to see it on a separate window, click here to open it in a new window). It shows a nice animated timeline of last year’s Ramadan activity, along with words that were used across different geographic regions.

How does the new Ramadan hashtag work?

Special symbols on the Ramadan hashtag for Twitter

When you use them in your tweets, you’ll see a crescent on Ramadan and Eid in your tweets. This also works on the Arabic version of the corresponding hashtags as well. See how it shows up on the English and Arabic tweet by Ahmad AbouAmmo (Head of Media Partnerships – MENA, Twitter). Twitter says that this will last for the duration of the Holy Month of Ramadan, so expect lots of tweets to grab your attention in your timeline.

Sweetening out this new feature, Twitter has also partnered up with Al Arabiya to help you find out the Iftar and Imsak (beginning of the fast) timings. You can use it from today by following these steps:

  1. Tweet to @AlArabiya with #Iftar/#Imsak followed by the name of your city with a # immediately in front (e.g. #Dubai, #Doha).
  2. The @AlArabiya account will send you the time for #Iftar/#Imsak.

Twitter extends hashflag feature for Ramadan and Eid

Saudi Arabia is one of the Top 5 markets in the world with a high usage of Twitter. We’re anticipating even more tweets to come out from Saudi Arabia alongside the other Middle East countries.

Use #Ramadan and #Eid when you tweet, and let us know in the comments how have you found this nifty hashtag. We’re keen to see how you’ll incorporate it when you watch the #WorldCup games as well.

Want more on Ramadan and technology? Check out the Ramadan Phone for Android by Carib Publishing.

Image source: Twitter blog

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