HydePark: Social Networking + Digg Group Blogging Platform
Current Arabic based SaaS blogging platforms are even homegrown such as Maktoob Blogs , Jeeran Blogs , and Albawaba Blogs. Or International platforms like WordPress.com and Blogger (from Google) . While they all offer similar features -AC will review them later-, HydePark has a different approach, in which it wants to take Arabic blogging to a know level with group blogging mixed with and social networking and Digg like features.
The aim of HydePark According to Mohammed Said Hjiouij founder of HydePark, is to bring more relationships between bloggers through group blogging in an open blog platform, and to facilitate group blogging in common topics.
Hjiouij adds that HydePark also aims to
Simplify the Blogging process, so there won’t be any complicated steps. To start blogging all what the user has to do is to enter his name and password, and use an intuitive User Interface (UI).
HydePark will be beta launched on the 1st of next October, where Hjiouij will work in adding more features before the full launch. The platform will be initially available in Arabic only, other languages will be added later.
The Social networking features that will be found on HydePark are: A profile for each blogger, that contains the user’s info, his/her blog posts, and the Wall where other users can leave comments. Also bloggers can add friends and message each others.
HydePark’s Digg Like functionality will allow readers to vote up and down each post, which also can be tagged and categorized.
Viewing the content can be according to votes, publishing date and categories, while new comments can be tracked in a separate page.
Each blogger has his/her own control panel, to publish his/her blog posts, message other bloggers, monitor comments and so on.
It would be interesting to see how HydePark will evolve, as Forums are more popular in the Arab world than Blogging, HydePark brings features from both, in which I think will be suitable for the Arabic Internet user.
HydePark is based on Morocco, where Hjiouij is based, it has been bootstrapped by him , and he is also planning for a bigger project in the near future.