Folowen: Find People and Organizations Across the Social Media World (Invites.)

29 May, 2009

folowen which is currently in closed-beta is a useful tool that enables users to find profiles of people and organizations in different social media sites ( currently 18.) Users can save searches and chose which social media networks they want the results to be yielded from. The service uses Google API to fetch results, yielding in few cases inaccurate results.

folowen is founded by the same founders of Amman, Jordan based Questler.

Razan Khatib cofounder of folowen told me that once folowen is out of private beta, search will be open to anyone, and there will be no need for signing up.

Razan revealed a nice upcoming feature that has a good benefit: signed up users will be able to link their services from folowen (twitter, YouTube accounts…etc.) so once they search for anyone they can follow/connect to them directly from folowen without the need to go to that particular service and initiate that request. This will be applicable to service providers with appropriate APIs. She also said that Social alerts will be coming up as well.

As for the business model Razan said it will be based on advertizing from one end, and charging some future service providers to be included in folowen service directory.
Folowen competes with Wink and Pipl.

If you want an invite to folowen simply comment in this post with a valid email address.

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  1. Geeee  |  May 29th, 2009 at 3:22 PM #

    Wow that’s a cool idea and I wish I can get an invite .. keep it up please :)

  2. Hisham Sadek  |  May 29th, 2009 at 4:17 PM #

    Looks a nice service to push .. and I think It would be better to spread the idea in Arabic too ..

  3. Hiconomics  |  May 29th, 2009 at 4:26 PM #

    Looks pretty cool… would be great to have an invite and check it out. Thanks…

  4. Ahmad Fahad  |  May 29th, 2009 at 9:22 PM #

    I can’t wait to try it out and benchmark it. Sounds like an interesting project, and oddly enough to have come from the Middle East region.
    Best of luck to the founders.

  5. Mamod  |  May 30th, 2009 at 1:10 AM #

    Another great start up by Razan great idea, ummm it’s obvious that I’m commenting here to get an invitation too ;)

  6. Razan  |  May 30th, 2009 at 2:27 AM #

    Thanks Gaith for the great post and your interest and all of you for the encouragements. Mamod, your invite was just sent! Ahmad, please send me your email address so you can get your invite.

    Looking forward for your thoughts and feedback

    Happy folowen!

  7. Tarek Kassar  |  May 30th, 2009 at 2:43 AM #

    Good Idea, can’t wait for the invitation to beta to try it out… It looks to me it’s something that I have to open it first thing in the morning like my email…

    One more thing, I would be proud of it as start-up of Arabs and never care about competition.

    Cheers,

  8. FokusLop  |  May 30th, 2009 at 4:08 AM #

    Good article, Thanks. my name Philip.

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