Watwet Redesigns, Now Supports Mobliy the Second KSA’s Mobile Operator.
What is new:
The new design is very nice, sleek and straightforward, I personally like it. And it seems other wawaters did. The new design also comes with a number of pre-built themes.
Huda a watwet users even demanded more:
can we have a dynamic design that changes automatically according to time of day, in the morning and at nite (night)? nice font btw (by the way.)
Now Mobily’s customers (the second Saudi mobile operator) can send and receive SMS updates, as well it has been the case for Jordan’s Mobile operator Zain’s customer. But if using any other mobile operator in Jordan KSA or anywhere worldwide you can only now send SMS updates.
Other new features include: a Badge similar to Twitter’s badge which allows you to embed your wawets updates to your blog or any website, be it your updates or your friends, also a new Facebook app and statistics which list all the user activity stats, such as: number of watwets, friendship request , ..etc.
Public timeline has been added with latest, featured, and channels: which now has Play FM ( A customer to Ahmad Humeid’s other company, he is the CEO of iToot Corp the owner of Wawet and Ikbis) and Shopping guide. But both at the moment are not functioning. Though this shows that Wawet is introducing social media to businesses so they use it as a marketing tool, thus watwet will in turn make money.
What is missing:
Wawet’s -as I said before- main differentiation to twitter is its 2 way MMS service and its Arabic interface. Also as I said before Watwet might have benefited from Twitter ending out-bound SMS services to Arabia and most of the world. But anyways Twitter with around 2 million users has not gone main stream in USA yet, let alone in the Arab world!
Though since Watwet 2 way SMS service is limited to Zain’s customers in Jordan, and now Mobily in KSA, there is no real value for users like me in using the service. Plus there is no desktop app that can let me receive and send updates like Twhirl does with Twitter, identica and seesmic. It is really annoying to keep hitting refresh to see latest friends updates or to get my email spammed with tens of updates per day.
Actually by looking at watwet’s timeline it tells you that usage rates seems to be very low with few updates from only few users per day.
I have sent a watwet to Ahmad Humeid with few questions but he did not answer.