Social media in Oman is used by hundreds of thousands people and therefore, if monitored, it can be a very useful tool for the government. With so many people on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, forums, etc. there’s a good chance to find out what the population, or at least a part of it, is happy or unhappy with.
I’m taking two examples but there's lots more out there; both examples are related to civic education which seems to be an unknown matter to many here in Oman.
Like what you saw? These are very common sights unfortunately.
People Animals go for picnics or
camping and leave behind lots of trash. I've taken these images from
the Facebook group ‘Clean up Oman’ where a bunch of nice people are doing a
great job in both creating awareness about the problem as well as organizing clean up
sessions. Hats off to these guys and girls!
Another case of growing unhappiness is on Instagram. Because of
the not adequate number of
parking spaces or simply people’s ignorance and arrogance we find ourselves dealing with such issue on the daily basis. Not only these idiots take two spaces
but also block emergency exits, fire hoses and, of course, park in the disabled
parking areas too.
This account, Muscat Grand Muttonheads, is quite popular and people contribute too by taking photos and sending them to the account owner.
I've seen recently, and I've been told too, that the Royal Oman Police is taking measures by issuing penalty tickets outside malls and other busy areas. Well done to the ROP...the big brother is watching.