A Tour Of Arab Social Bookmarking Services

| Apr 14, 2008 | comment 9 Comments





As is the case all over the world with social bookmarking sites popping up everywhere, the Arab world is no different, with a bunch of such services all over the place.

Instead of reviewing each and everyone of them on their own, only to say more or less the same stuff over and over again, I thought I’d group them all into one post, giving a general idea of the present scene, who was first, who is the latest, who the leaders are, and who is innovating most.

According to my records, the first Arab social bookmarking site was Wapher, which chose to be specific and revolve around tech oriented content and articles no matter the language of the content, English or Arabic, even though the site’s interface is entirely in Arabic.

After that, I’m not sure anyone can tell which service came before the other, but the one I ran into next was Darabet, which seemed to be the most user-friendly back then, explaining what the whole website is about, how it works, the idea behind it and all. Other than that, the content is mainly in Arabic, as is the interface; it’s a general bookmarking site with a bunch of categories ranging from politics and technology, to sports, business and video.

One of the newest to break into the scene is Khabbr, who seem to be the best funded, launched mid last year with a number of ads on a number of high profile Arab websites. It too is a general site, with a number of categories, and with mostly Arabic content. They go a bit further enabling surfing by tag, pulling the most popular videos and links, and offering the possibility to view popular links from previous days as well. They’ve also just launched a facebook application that enables users to share their favorite bookmarks and news on their profile page, giving their friends and contacts access to them and the possibility to vote on them too.

According to stats from Alexa, confirming my feeling, the previous three services are the leaders in the Arab social bookmarking arena; with very close traffic numbers.

Along with these front runners, come a bunch of other services like: Efleg, Ef7at and Hffar; who more or less do the same thing and provide the same functionalities. Among these three, Efleg is the best designed and the one that seems to be backed by a company: Saudi Remal IT.

Most of these services seem to be technically built using open-source Digg clone: Pligg.

  • http://www.khabbr.com iskandar m.

    dear startuparabia ,

    am glad to read this article and am glad to know that people around us are interested in the arab websites like you do . thank you .

    we in khabbr are trying to “Change the World, One Homepage at a Time” …
    this is our main target right now :)

    i would love to hear more of your feedback on the the arabic websites overall and especialy on khabbr.

    thank you again,

    iskandar m.
    khabbr product leader .

  • http://www.frankguerra.com Travel Social Networking

    Wow! I thought the Arab world is not open to socializing using the internet. This is a welcome avenue to seeing more of this world in the social networking particularly the travel social networking arena.

  • http://www.frankguerra.com Travel Social Networking

    Wow! I thought the Arab world is not open to socializing using the internet. This is a welcome avenue to seeing more of this world in the social networking particularly the travel social networking arena.

  • Kali

    I think it's great that things are becoming more open. Of course, social networking and travel allow for the influx of ideas and the expansion of friendships and greater understanding between cultures.

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  • انا نادين

    hi i try to reach all of those bookmarking sites but most of them out of service i guess you need to update your post

    http://ananadeen.com/

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