I walked into our office the other day, and found a dangerous meeting taking place. What the heck are Wael, Roba, Karim, George and Munther up to?
I called this meeting the Toot Coup d’état (or Toot Coup d’état)..
Well, actually I was invited to it but arrived extremely late, not even remembering that the meeting was that day!).
The only missing person from this scene would have been Jad Madi, TootCorp’s first developer, who helped us launch Toot on 1.1.2006, pioneering the idea of an Arab blog network based on handpicking the best Arab and Arab related blogs from around the globe..
Yes, my friends, Toot will soon celebrate it’s 3rd birthday. Unbelievable but true.
Anyone who has been following our story knows that the Toot team got busy with creating Ikbis (some of you might remember our BIG YELLOW BUTTON from November 2006)..
Ikbis has grown into a real company with a bigger team. Toot, while continuing to be updated and maintained, did not receive any development attention, although it received a lot of love an attention from bloggers, journalists, academics and readers..
Then Watwet came along in 2008..
Karim was banished to the Watwet island and the team was split to develop and support Ikbis and Watwet independently.
Why is everyone in the same room?
All I can say is that it was a very exciting meeting, of which I only attended the last 10 minutes. There was a warm feeling that brought back memories of the “early days”, when blogging was cool and everything seemed possible. Even more important, Toot was discussed and some exciting ideas were not just thrown around but also agreed upon.
That’s all I can say at the moment..