Archive for the 'Publishing and media' Category

The fall and rise of 360east

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

I was checking the statistics of this morning and saw this interesting graph that I thought is worth sharing. Those who follow this blog might have noticed that it was down from 11-15 September. I had a problem with the domain name, which required a few days to be solved. That’s where you see [...]

10.10.10 One Day On Earth!

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

One Day on Earth Participant Trailer from One Day On Earth on Vimeo. On 10/10/10, the entire world is being documented as part of an ambitious project called One Day on Earth ( Through their website, filmmakers, students, teachers and everyday inspired citizens representing EVERY country in the world have all coming together to film [...]

Wamda: it started with a spark, now in beta!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

For the past seven months, our company duo, SYNTAX and Spring has been working on their most revolutionary web project to date. What was just a sketchy idea by early 2010, has become a groundbreaking, living, breathing web venture:, a hub that, for the first time, creates a focal point for the Middle East’s [...]

Wamda, a hub for the region’s entrepreneurs and change-makers will go into private-beta soon

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Nothing like being able to start showing people what I’ve been immersed in the past few months! It’s been a crazy journey for the team at SYNTAX and Spring and it will only get crazier. What was a sketchy idea a few months ago has turned into a full fledged project with a powerful vision: [...]

Brands in translation: Are Arab consumers oversensitive wimps?

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Can someone please explain this to me: brands and slogans that totally loose their edge when introduced into Arab markets. Here are three examples: I bought this shaving cream the other day. The tagline/product identifier say “Cool Kick” in English. The Arabic translates into “Cool Touch”. Oh how soft and nice! Arab men can’t take [...]

TootCorp launches ZOOFS: what Twitter is watching

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

TootCorp, makers of Toot, Ikbis and Watwet, have launched their fourth product and the company’s first aimed at the global market. It’s called ZOOFS. Here is what TootCorp cofounder Kareem Arafat had to say about it: Zoofs is a new way to discover YouTube videos that people are talking about on Twitter. Zoofs swallows millions [...]

6 interesting usages of

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Over the past few years, has grown in size and in depth. Ikbis Channels, in particular, have been multiplying in number and are being used by a wide variety of users and organizations: from people sharing a an interest to global broadcasting organizations reaching out to Arab audiences. Here are 6 examples of what [...]