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Old 05-08-2009, 10:34 AM
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Queen Rania on Twitter

Forget Ashton Kutcher and Oprah Winfrey, there’s a genuine queen on Twitter these days: Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of Jordan, joined the tweeting masses yesterday and she really has a feel for the micro-medium too!
There’s A Queen On Twitter, And She Ain’t Latifah

Queen Rania decides to register on Internet social network Twitter to mark Benedict's first Middle East pilgrimage.
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=31951


I wonder if she has time to write on twitter. She's funny. http://twitter.com/QueenRania
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:20 AM
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Jordan Queen Twitters About Pope Visit
Jordan Queen Twitters About Pope Visit | Press Release

Now, Queen Rania of Jordan hops on to the Twitter bandwagon
Now, Queen Rania of Jordan hops on to the Twitter bandwagon
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:35 PM
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ohh, rania is such a cool royal, who else would use twitter? i'm really quite impressed, she is so down to earth, while being high-profile when the situation requires her to, and at the same time so active and productive!

i hope she keeps on "twittering"!
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Queen Rania has posted a photo of King Abdullah and Hussein on the motorbike on her Twitterpage .
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I'm quite unnerved by Queen Rania's decision to use 'Twitter'. How very 'Oprahesque' of Her Majesty. I'm sure Ms Winfrey would be delighted to follow the day to day events of 'Her Royal Majesty Queen Raaaaniiiaaa'.

Seriously though, I don't much like the fact a lady above politics and celebrity is choosing to brand the institution of monarchy into a 'celebrity like' updating service. She is a symbol, a figurehead who on occasion, despite all her good doings I acknowledge, and acknowledge with the utmost respect, can act more like a television personality.

Understanding change, socially, doesn't mean we have to conform to it. We know Rania is a believer in maintaining a 21st century outlook on royal relevance, but this is a bit much, imo *I don't expect anyone should agree. This is just a personal opinion*
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I'm quite unnerved by Queen Rania's decision to use 'Twitter'. How very 'Oprahesque' of Her Majesty. I'm sure Ms Winfrey would be delighted to follow the day to day events of 'Her Royal Majesty Queen Raaaaniiiaaa'.

Seriously though, I don't much like the fact a lady above politics and celebrity is choosing to brand the institution of monarchy into a 'celebrity like' updating service. She is a symbol, a figurehead who on occasion, despite all her good doings I acknowledge, and acknowledge with the utmost respect, can act more like a television personality.

Understanding change, socially, doesn't mean we have to conform to it. We know Rania is a believer in maintaining a 21st century outlook on royal relevance, but this is a bit much, imo *I don't expect anyone should agree. This is just a personal opinion*
I agree, I was a bit unsure about her decision to join Twitter too. I have to admit, I can't really come up with a coherent reason why, but it just doesn't seem 'right' for the Queen to be on Twitter - and the whole thing, like the way she's writing in text language and giving updates on her weekend, just smacks to me of celebrity.

But don't get me wrong anybody, I am a great admirer of the Queen and her work, I'm just not too sure about this latest venture...
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Old 05-10-2009, 08:27 AM
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i too join you'r opinion guys,i think it's very good to keep in touch with technology but the Twiter idea is a bit too much from Rania,look like jet seter behaviour if you ask me not suitable for a royal at all,same for the language used on her Twiter profile.
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Old 05-10-2009, 03:05 PM
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I'm quite unnerved by Queen Rania's decision to use 'Twitter'. How very 'Oprahesque' of Her Majesty. I'm sure Ms Winfrey would be delighted to follow the day to day events of 'Her Royal Majesty Queen Raaaaniiiaaa'.

Seriously though, I don't much like the fact a lady above politics and celebrity is choosing to brand the institution of monarchy into a 'celebrity like' updating service. She is a symbol, a figurehead who on occasion, despite all her good doings I acknowledge, and acknowledge with the utmost respect, can act more like a television personality.

Understanding change, socially, doesn't mean we have to conform to it. We know Rania is a believer in maintaining a 21st century outlook on royal relevance, but this is a bit much, imo *I don't expect anyone should agree. This is just a personal opinion*

I would say Amen to what you said, and I am sure lot of people share your opinion.

Regardless that, I won't call that it's Rania who is twittering, since she's not the one who took the photographs posted in twitters, and even what's written, I hardly think that it's she who did.

In the other hand, I don't see what twittering would add to her work, twittering is made for normal people who want to keep world informed in the real time, about unusual events, she didn't add something new, if you understund what I mean, a part the eternal need of showing that she's cool, and she's into every new mean of communication and of course talking about herself.To me it's not what for tiwitters messaging is created!
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I happened to log onto Her Majesty's 'Twitter' link, and I am entirely unimpressed. I think it's completely inappropriate for the Queen of the Kingdom of Jordan to describe the office of a sovereign's consort as..'a mum and a wife with a really cool day job'. Such a description is not 'cute' or 'modest', it's tawdry.

I admire that Rania Al Abdullah is a passionate humanitarian, and I'm sure the causes with which she is associated, are all the better for her patronage...but she is a Queen, she isn't just a mother or a wife, nor is she a celebrity or a private citizen. She is a representing figurehead for national beliefs and values and is a symbol of propriety, or so I'd have thought. Certainly she's a stunning woman and if she weren't a royal, could have certainly made it in Hollywood or another other high profiled position, but she is a royal, and a royal in the highest regard.

And to describe her 'job' as "day job"? What a rediculous thing to have said. She is Queen of Jordan when she's awake, and she's Queen of Jordan when she sleeps.

The way in which her updates are constructed are also not what I'd call efficient. The pronounciation of words is not something which should be overlooked. Certainly not by a Queen!

I happened to notice Oprah was amongst her 'top friends'...*surprise surprise*. I couldn't see Bono though, which surprised me.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:11 AM
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Twittering is very celebrity, imo not suited for royals. As soon as royals become like ordinary people by exposing their privacy like Joe Average does on Facebook etc it's their first step towards becoming obsolete. Part of the charm or even secret of success of royals is that we don't see them brushing their teeth or ironing their shirts etc and honestly, I am not interested in what they do in their private lifes. I see where it's coming from and especially Rania has always been a true professional in terms of self promotion but for me it is one step too far.
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Rania gives insight into family life as she 'tweets' about Papal visit
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I must say I am surprised by the outpouring of negative responses regarding QR's tweeting. Your expectations of her have been set so high and unrealistically that no one can hope to meet them...to some people nothing Rania has done is "suitable" for a royal: if she wears a bikini or a tank-top, if she doesn't cover her hair, if she begins a youtube page. Many years ago it was unheard of that a queen would even dress herself! Decades ago it was unimaginable that a princess would shake hands with lepers or walk in mine fields, now its unthinkable that a queen uses the internet to address worldly concerns and issues to engage a younger audience in what should be globalized efforts to resolve these issues. Her main reason for joining twitter was to bring to light issues of international education...so she adds some personal notes in there for fun, a touch of personality so she doesn't seem so far removed on a royal pedestal, so what?

We are living in a new age where political figureheads and royalty can reach out to the people in so many different ways, becoming more in tune with us "common folk" and less removed from the worlds they control. Twitter is not just for celebrities and QR is not the only political figure on Twitter, many US governors and senators are on there as well. I imagine its only a matter of time before one of the Obamas gets on there (or they might be? I'm new to twitter).

QR is trying to shatter the traditional role of royalty for herself and she is blazing trails. A thing so many commended Princess Diana for has become an uproar for Rania. She has never allowed herself to be pigeon-holed into what others might expect of her and I'm glad she's breaking the mold. God forbid these royals do what us regular folk partake in...before you know it they'll be sleeping and using the bathroom like everyone else!

I also love the fact that she addressed being queen as a day job, insinuating that being a wife, a mother, and a woman come first...as they should.
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Twittering is very celebrity, imo not suited for royals. As soon as royals become like ordinary people by exposing their privacy like Joe Average does on Facebook etc it's their first step towards becoming obsolete. Part of the charm or even secret of success of royals is that we don't see them brushing their teeth or ironing their shirts etc and honestly, I am not interested in what they do in their private lifes. I see where it's coming from and especially Rania has always been a true professional in terms of self promotion but for me it is one step too far.
I agree.

It reeks of excessive self promotion and celebrity and I find it very unbecoming of a Queen.

She is a dutiful consort, but she isn't an average person, living in average circumstances and working an average job. If my Queen started 'Twittering' I'd seriously start asking myself if the red despatch boxes had been misplaced or if she took her position seriously.

Having endorsed the use of youtube was a good idea. Other royals have done the same and that in my mind is a far better alternative for getting one's message across, than leaving little messages with sentences that aren't constructed properly, on a website that thrives on celebrity culture.

Certainly she is a mother and a wife, first and foremost, but being Queen is no day job. To say so is foolish and some may even say, disrespectful.
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"...sentences that aren't constructed properly, on a website that thrives on celebrity culture
If you are unfamiliar with twitter, the messages only allow 140 characters, therefore words are abbreviated so the message will fit...you're the second person to bring this up, is grammar really such an issue?

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Certainly she is a mother and a wife, first and foremost, but being Queen is no day job. To say so is foolish.
To take a mini-bio on a website so literally may be foolish, perhaps she was joking, trying to be lighthearted, and now she's being crucified? aren't there more important things in the world to nit-pick over than this?
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If you are unfamiliar with twitter, the messages only allow 140 characters, therefore words are abbreviated so the message will fit...you're the second person to bring this up, is grammar really such an issue?
When 'you' are an illustration of edification; when 'your' husband is the sovereign Head of State and 'you' decide to join a social vogue and as a result, are restricted to spell words with ellipsis, then yes, it's an issue.

Rania has an untiring obligation to communicate in a manner that is exact. Writing is the primary form of communication, and should be observed as her education would have taught her.

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And as such, it's quite ironic that a reason (?) for her 'twittering' is entirely marred by her own participation. She'll talk of education and yet write in a substituted manner? Indeed!

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Sorry, I seem to be missing some underlying sarcasm or message you're relaying with the 'you's and 'your's and I'm confused by the "spell words in ellipses" part...

So these past eight years during which this woman has proven herself, her integrity, and her intelligence time and time again have suddenly been eclipsed in 30 seconds because she wrote the number 2 instead of the word "two" on a website? I'd hate to see what you people would do if she writes "LOL" on the next one.

Some people in the public eye cheat on their husbands, some use drugs, some flash their private areas, some drink and drive, and beat up paparazzi...and we're complaining because she joined Twitter? Really? Seems a small flaw in comparison.

Oh well, can't please everyone...27,400 followers can't be wrong.
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No sarcasm. I use italics when either highlighting a key word, making a personal point or when speaking generically. 'You' as in you, or I, or whomever reads the post. It's nothing personal.

And the word ellipsis is just another word used for abbreviation, contraction etc.


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So these past eight years during which this woman has proven herself, her integrity, and her intelligence time and time again have suddenly been eclipsed in 30 seconds because she wrote the number 2 instead of the word "two" on a website? I'd hate to see what you people would do if she writes "LOL" on the next one.

Some people in the public eye cheat on their husbands, some use drugs, some flash their private areas, some drink and drive, and beat up paparazzi...and we're complaining because she joined Twitter? Really? Seems a small flaw in comparison.

She's human, don't forget that.
You've read only what you wish to read. My opinion of Rania is well documented throughout these forums. Infact, in this very thread I've spoken favourably about her as Queen, and the good works she engages herself in. I think her a very impressionable lady, in an immensely privileged position. A position which is shared only by a mere handful of others worldwide.

Quite simply, however, I think it entirely inappropriate that Her Majesty partake, publically, in this fad. Rania Al Abdullah is a Queen. The highest office to be held by any lady, the world over (after that of an Empress, naturally).

The problem here, as I see it, is that a fine line is being drawn between a national figurehead and a celebrity personality. Rania is herself contributing to it by adopting this approach for such exposure. It undermines the dignity of her position, and that of the monarchy, in my view. Other than this, I'm quite supportive of her and all the changes she hopes to witness.
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the first time ive read it i was surprised that a queens acting so normal. lol. i thought its not very 'right' for a queen mabe for some one else in the family or mabe in another manner but its not very impresive. also iwasnt too big a fan of the youtube, it couldve had some more substances to it but it had a nice meaningful point. this doesnt seem so and i dont see how twitter will help inthat.

in the end half the people will say its wrong to do, but then they will probly still read it because privacy into a queens life is not something u see everyday.
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I had no idea Queen Rania was on Twitter.
However, being a royal is a full time job, and I though I think such a position is not to be taken lightly, a person whoever they may be, needs time when they can be just themselves too, within respectable means of course.Such admired persons have thier foibles too, allow them to be human like anyone else.
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