ArabCrunch Launches WaTWeT Channel: Get AC Via SMS For Free.

5 Apr, 2009

WaTweT is a micro blogging, group messaging & social networking platform for Arabia (like Twitter). The Jordanian startup was initially reviewed on AC here and here.

ArabCrunch channel is now featured among few handpicked channels available on WaTweT to the public, where if you subscribe, you can receive the channels updates to your WaTweT account stream and your mobile via SMS. (Many Thanks to Waheed Barghouthi WatWets’ Ruby on Rails Developer and Karim Arafat CEO of WaTweT.)

If you are not in WaTweT make sure you sign up here, and then activate your mobile number. To subscribe to ArabCrunch Channel and receive our updates for Free you can earthier go to the channel page and click on subscribe, or if your mobile SMS is activated on WatWet all you have to do is send AC or ArabCrunch to:

  • 97999 to subscribe to ArabCrunch channel (Zain Jordan only)
  • 5740to subscribe to ArabCrunch channel (Mobily KSA only)
  • +447781489826 to subscribe to ArabCrunch channel (Rest of the world’s mobile operators only)

You can also add ArabCrunch channel bagde to your website/blog by copying and pasting the following code:

<div id=”watwet_badge_wrapper”> <div id=”watwet_logo”><a href=””>Watwet</a></div> <div id=”watwet_updates_list”> <ul id=”updates”> </ul> </div> <div id=”watwet_actions”><a href=””>Subscribe to this channel on Watwet</a></div> </div> <script type=”text/javascript” src=””></script> <script type=”text/javascript” src=””></script>

Note: remember if you are using wordpress, Add <code> before the script and then add </code>at the end to enable Javascript.

Here how the channel will look like in your blog/website (The badge is designed to be placed on the sidebar of your blog. The width of the badge in your blog/website will be 190px. this one is made to fit the post :

Arafat told me that WatWet team is currently testing and developing a desktop AIR based application, iPhone App, Symbian OS Apps (like S60), Twitter integration. And they will be released in around a month or so. With these apps you can receive and send WaWet updates in your desktop and your mobile via Internet connection (like: GPRS, EDGE, WiFi and 3G.)

Karim also said that after these releases they will launch their API to third party developers. Also he stated that the startup is currently in talks with more mobile operators in the region to enable local SMS numbers.

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  1. ArabCrunch Launches WaTWeT Channel: Get AC Via SMS For Free. | ArabCrunch « euraktiva  |  April 6th, 2009 at 6:31 AM #

    […] via ArabCrunch Launches WaTWeT Channel: Get AC Via SMS For Free. | ArabCrunch. […]

  2. Firas Steitiyeh  |  April 6th, 2009 at 11:12 AM #

    Great job guys… That what we need! Desktop applications, Mobile applications and web applications as well…. One important issue all arab developers could focus on is the WordPress plugin! which directly send a Watwet once a blog is updated, of course each user should enter his username and password in the Admin panel of his blog, but trust me I am using it on twitter and it generates a lot of exposure!



  3. Ahmad Fahad  |  April 7th, 2009 at 12:19 PM #

    I find all of these SMS connected website rather fascinating. A new form of Multicast has emerged, which makes you think, is this where RSS is going? will SMS backed Social Networks create a new fabric transcending the Internet into our traditional media as well?
    Just a thought

  4. Gaith Saqer  |  April 7th, 2009 at 12:44 PM #

    Well to be honest SMS will be dead in the coming few years, this is driven by:
    -Smart phones that has internet access.
    -wide spread and cheap internet access, Free wifi, cheap 3G ..4G-
    – then content will be pushed via the internet
    -push email is replacing SMS.
    – now twitter mobile apps allow you to use twitter just like in the desktop (also replacing SMS)
    – you can also get RSS updates in ur mobile phone.

    So WatWet move to launch mobile apps is a smart one and a must.

    BTW Ahmed did you subscribe to AC channel on WatWet since you r fascinated 😛

  5. Ahmad Fahad  |  April 7th, 2009 at 1:18 PM #

    You got me there Ghaith, but I am not much of a Watweter, I didn’t find two things I was looking for in it to derail me from twitter:
    1. The regional relevance: You see I seek Middle Easterners in twitter, or Foreigners living in the Middle East, I should post sth about that soon, but basically it makes the experience closer to home.
    2. The attention, as an Arab I expected watwet to be at least regional in that mobile carriers in Syria/Iraq/UAE would be covered, I realized they are National with a hint of ambition. Which killed it for me, plus, I found a number of dead links at the time I wanted to know whether the SMS worked in Syria in the first place (after you covered them here), but to no end.

    So, no I haven’t, but I promise I would if I were in Amman.

  6. سمر  |  April 10th, 2009 at 4:32 AM #

    registration my mobile numbe

  7. seah  |  May 5th, 2009 at 11:59 PM #


  8. Karim  |  November 3rd, 2009 at 1:00 PM #

    Its more or less a Jordanian version of Twitter – nothin unique except that it caters to a particular geographic location. Another startup called , a product Blog advertising network allows users to post videos, pdf files, excel sheets, images, ppt etc along with posts

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