Presenting the Qatar Chronicle Awards for Extraordinary Achievement in Social Media
This special feature aims at exploring some of the trends in social media usage in the country & how it has forever changed the way various organizations interact with people.
While nominees for the previous categories were chosen from among the top social media pages in Qatar; the nominations for the Qatar Chronicle Readers Awards for Extraordinary Achievement in Social Media were sent in directly by readers from across the nation. At the onset, allow us to thank our dear readers for sending in their nominations.
We received a total of 51 entries from readers for some of the most active social media pages in Qatar. Some of the entries were not included as the brand did not qualify for the category or had been already nominated for one of the awards announced earlier or because the country of origin was not Qatar. Given below are the final list of nominees sorted in the order in which we received the entries.
1) WeAreQatar @WeAreQatar
A total of 12 readers nominated @WeAreQatar for the Most Extraordinary Achievement in Social Media Award. Qatar’s first rotation curation twitter account, @WeAreQatar is managed by a different curator every week. Curators are mostly Qatari residents from various backgrounds and each bring their own unique perspective into what life’s like in Qatar. The account presents a great potential for residents from different nationalities to be ambassadors of the country by representing the wider community and offers tourists and newcomers a valuable insight into the nation’s essence.
2) Qatar Foundation @QF
Qatar Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that serves the people of Qatar by supporting and operating programs in three core mission areas: education, science and research, and community development. The Foundation strives to nurture the future leaders of Qatar. In all of its activities, the Foundation promotes a culture of excellence in Qatar and furthers its role in supporting an innovative and open society that aspires to develop sustainable human capacity, social, and economic prosperity for a knowledge-based economy.
3) Doha News @dohanews
Doha News has been covering breaking news, politics, business, culture and more in and around Qatar since 2009. One of the most popular online newspapers in Qatar, the portal has received wide praise for its social media activity and the unique brand of interactive reporting that constantly involves their readers as key news sources on important stories.
4) Doha Mums @DohaMums
Doha Mums is an active community of more than 1400 mums of 100+ nationalities and is the first of its kind mums group in Doha. Its members volunteer to organize an average of 90+ events per month – including a monthly Mums Night Out, weekly coffees for New Arrivals and the New & Expectant Mums, loads of playgroups, trips and tours around Doha, craft sessions, holiday parties, and much more.
5) Qatar Animal Welfare Society @QAWSQATAR
Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) is a non-profit organisation that was established in 2004 through a need to give shelter to abandoned dogs and cats in Doha. It promotes animal welfare through education, rescue, rehabilitate and re-home abandoned, abused and neglected animals and offers advice and guidance to the best of our ability to anyone with an animal related issue or question.
6) I Love Qatar @iloveqatar
@iloveqatar helps people to find out the latest events, breaking news and the coolest tips on Qatar. An awesome community, managed by the illustrious Mr. Q; The brand’s tagline “Everything you need to live life in Qatar” says it all.
7) One Second Qatar @OneSecondQatar
One Second Qatar is a non-profit organization that revolves around road safety. It raises awareness on various traffic safety issues in Qatar through its numerous social media platforms. It also aims to utilize world class research and best practices in delivering a programme that changes road user behaviour and reduces road accidents.
With 7 of the most popular brands in Qatar nominated for the awards, we expect a tough competition is on the cards.
Who’s your favourite ?
Readers may cast their vote by simply checking the box next to their choice and clicking ‘Vote’. We have noticed that some users try to cast repeat votes by refreshing the page. While we appreciate such enthusiasm from the readers, we wish to regretfully inform that the voters are identified by their ip addresses and only one vote (the first) is thus allowed per user. This poll would remain open until 15th February, and we shall announce the winner of the Qatar Chronicle Readers Award for Most Extraordinary Achievement in Social Media, the same evening.
It had been initially announced that the poll would remain open until Thursday, 6th February. This date has since been extended to the following week. The poll would thus remain open until Saturday, 15th February 2014.