Watwet’s New Version With Twitter Link, Channels And Better Language Support

| May 20, 2009 | comment 8 Comments

WatwetWatwet, the Arab social networking and micro-blogging platform, has released a new version of their web application code named ‘Suzie’, and with it come a bunch of really interesting new features.

With the recent migration to the Rails 2.2 framework, they’ve worked on better language support on Watwet, which translates into better handling of Arabic in this version, but also opens the door for other languages like French, Farsi, Turkish and Swahili, that are in their future plans.

Something interesting they’ve also gone and opened up is the possibility for anyone to create a channel of their own, without having to go through the Watwet team like they used to in the past.
It should be interesting to see how many people and businesses start using this feature; and when/if we’ll start seeing the concept of sponsored channels.
Complementing this move, the public timeline of Watwet now also shows the watwets coming from channels too, along with the watwets coming from the users.

Another good move with this version is the possibility to link a Watwet account to a Twitter account, in a way that anything posted to Watwet gets automatically posted to Twitter and vice versa. A simple settings page available under ‘Twitter Link’ turns this on for the user.
This makes it easier and more efficient for people who mainly use one of the services, but also want to try out the other, or who want to streamline their status and lifestreaming activities across both platforms.
I expect more focus will be put on the integration with Twitter in the future to try and lure more Twitter users to play around with Watwet, growing their user base and activity level through it to make the service even more interesting to use.

Other than these mentioned points, they’ve also worked on some design and layout tweaks for the interface, as well as on browser compatibility issues.

Some really exciting moves in this release by Watwet, paving the way for some pretty interesting possibilities in the future and for some other features they seem to have hidden up their sleeves.

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  • ana

    watwat w wachwach w chawech w ba9ba9 , euuuh :)

  • Hazem

    Seems Watwet are giving in. This feature essentially turns watwet into just another twitter app.

    I'm not surprised, neither do I blame them because all the internet giants did not dare penetrate twitter's market. Opting to be the Arabic twitter proxy is a good alternative for watwet.

  • Samer

    Hazem you are right. Watwet copied twitter but could never be as successful. You can't beat the source :)

  • Samer

    Another people who copied someone are “Arab Crunch”. He copied Startup Arabia and copied the name from Tech “Crunch”.

    I can't believe how stupid his writings are. Some articles are beyond silly. He should stick to copying news and not write articles.

    copy copy copy, thats what most people are good in doing.

  • Samer

    Hazem you are right. Watwet copied twitter but could never be as successful. You can't beat the source :)

  • Samer

    Another people who copied someone are “Arab Crunch”. He copied Startup Arabia and copied the name from Tech “Crunch”.

    I can't believe how stupid his writings are. Some articles are beyond silly. He should stick to copying news and not write articles.

    copy copy copy, thats what most people are good in doing.

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