facebook Launches Arabic Version Beta, Watch Out Arabic Social Networks.

13 Feb, 2009

2 days ago Facebook announced on the homepage (once logged in) that face book in English UK is available. The drop down menu offered an array of  international languages including Arabic as beta.

Before Arabic was only available in the facebook’s translation app. Now it is an option for any user to add it without installing the app.

The interface is now completely in Arabic, and was translated by facebook users themselves. Where translated content could be voted by users in order to verify its accuracy.

 This move will take any language advantage of any Arabic social network. like Maktoob’s As7ab and Jeeran.

By far, millions of Arabs use facebook everyday, even those who do not know English well, I’ve seen guys with little English skills use facebook, even though they do not understand everything yet they managed to use its main tasks. Now all they have to do is go to account>>setting>> and chose Arabic as the language. Note that there are many Arabs who know English well and would feel more comfortable reading and writing in Arabic more than any other language. 

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  1. Delphine  |  February 13th, 2009 at 11:53 AM #

    Facebook in arabic is a good thing and shows that this market is growing … good for us !
    I don’t see it as a threat, more as an opportunity … most social arabic networks – including http://www.wikeez.com – produce original arabic content which facebook doesn’t. It will be an additional tool for more visibility on our contents !

  2. Gaith Saqer  |  February 13th, 2009 at 12:07 PM #

    For vertical social networks like urs, yes it is not a big threat, but for Arabic clones to facebook, it is a threat. bc they lost their advantage which is Arabic interface. I personally do not use any Arabic social network. I feel most general Arabic social networks are being used for dating!

    To look at Maktoob and Jeeran, first Maktoob has strong Arabic offering beyond Social networking, while Jeeran has a strong Arabic blogging platform than Facebook notes, Jeeran biggest competitor in blogging is WordPress.com and Blogger bc both have Arabic interface, I feel the best blogging platform is wordpress.com but you can’t have Ad sense their to monetize your efforts, which is not very attractive for some people.
    We here at AC proudly use WordPress self hosted version where we can do anything we want with it.

  3. Monica  |  February 13th, 2009 at 2:33 PM #

    Great News! i m sure lots of people in the Arab World will appreciate it!

  4. Monica  |  February 13th, 2009 at 2:34 PM #

    We do lack of real Arabic websites in ARABIC targeting the Arab speaking people. That’s what we are doing at Wikeez, now that facebook is also doing it, maybe we ll contribute to make a difference in the Arabic Internet !

  5. عمار مرداوي  |  February 14th, 2009 at 1:25 AM #

    This took so long to happen. I wonder what is the percentage of Arabic speaking users on Facebook.

    @gaith, nice yamli widget!

  6. Ala'a A. Ibrahim  |  February 17th, 2009 at 12:38 AM #

    Well, you can see a lot of Arabic social Networking websites, and they don’t make a threat to each other, as most of them are used for dating.
    And believe me a lot of the users who are using Jeeran or As7ab or … etc, already have facebook accounts, but they think of it as another place to get dates.

    BTW, nice site 🙂

  7. Nadine  |  February 18th, 2009 at 10:53 AM #

    Cool. Choice is important. Users generally make social network choices mainly based on community not technology only. Arabic speaking users will go to FB, Jeeran, or As7ab, etc if that’s where they find their community/aspiring community.

    Whatever it takes to get more Arabic speaking people online is great. After that, it’s up to us to choose where we want to be and what we want to do.

    Would be cool to have an Arabic version for this Ning community soon.

  8. Microsoft.NET development  |  February 26th, 2009 at 1:47 PM #

    Those who don’t know English, this will be great for them. Facebook is giving good options…

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  10. rahman hazari  |  March 11th, 2009 at 11:33 AM #

    i think u should remove arabic version !!
    i can not understand arabic….

  11. rahman hazari  |  March 11th, 2009 at 11:35 AM #

    pls remove arabic version….
    i can not understand it

  12. rahman hazari  |  March 11th, 2009 at 11:38 AM #

    or can i change it into english….
    if yes how????

  13. Gaith Saqer  |  March 11th, 2009 at 8:13 PM #

    @rahman hazari go to الإعدادات then to اعدادات الحساب then go to اللغة then in اللغة الأساسية- u’ ll see a drop down menu: chose English

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  19. mustapha  |  February 7th, 2010 at 9:36 PM #

    moi je’taime toute le monde

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    salt ca va ana menerabat

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