I am in the middle of seeking respondents for my research; like Alice in Wonderland, it’s led me into the territory of checking out Nigerian newspaper houses and their Twitter follower counts.
Vaguely, I am assuming this is indicative of popularity, at least online (you never know what their sales figures are).
In addition, I am looking at Follow 2 Follower count . To me, this is telling on the willingness/priority of that newspaper house to engage with the online audiences (another index would be Twitter mentions & responses to followers). A prime example is BBC Africa’s twitter account. As at this date, May 20th, 2013, it is @ 1, 984 (follows) to 194, 698 followers. BBC Africa also has a BBC Africa Have Your Say account, that is more generous with following, and is even more active in interacting with listeners, at 6, 0238 to 34, 908.
My research is on new digital media and democratic culture in Nigeria, a sphere where journalism plays a huge role – in informing the public, publishing public opinion, providing rich analysis of public issues etc.! I am curious as to how they use this online space. I will start by scratching the surface of what I see, their Twitter Accounts.
Let’s get on with filling the table below – the list is in no particular order, and note that this is the count as at today, May 20, 2013:
|Daily Times (0 Tweets)
|For more information on Nigerian Newspapers on the Internet, visit this page.
Do you have a favourite Nigerian newspaper? Why?
P.S. If there is any newspaper organisation missing (especially in the national category) please drop a comment also.