1,500 Members and Counting: ArabCrunch.NET Opens its Beta to the Public with a New UI, Facebook and Twitter Integration
Over the past few months, we’ve been working in a new and streamlined design for ArabCrunch.NET that enables us to take the largest technology community in the Arab and emerging world into Public Beta. In order to do so, we have improved navigation, design and discovery and added several new features and applications that empowers our members.
Today, we’re officially rolling out ArabCrunch.NET out of private beta (after reaching 1,500 members including Arab and International Entrepreneurs, key executives from companies such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Opera, investors, startups, organization and open source profiles ). This release has a new user interface that includes several cool features such as Facebook and Twitter integration. The public Beta was announced by Bassel Ojjeh last Thursday in front of around 250 venture capitalists and leading tech executives during Techwadi’s Global Technology Forum 2010 in Silicon Valley, USA.
Login Or Signup using your Twitter or Facebook
We know that you do not like remembering new user names and passwords. As we know most of you already have facebook accounts or twitter or both of them, now you can login or signup to ArabCrunch.NET using your Facebook or Twitter ID, when logging in please make sure to link both of them
New Improved Profiles with your Twitter updates
You Tweet? Share and interact? Now if you link your ArabCrunch.NET account with Twitter account, your profile on ArabCrunch.NET will bring your latest tweets to a nice elegant box (without cluttering the different type of conversations going on ArabCrunch.NET). We made it now easier for you to differentiate between people and companies as people profiles have the green theme and all other profiles in blue.
Grow your Network …Find your Twitter and Facebook Friends
The new UI design brings you a new header with “find Friends” link on the right, click it then choose Find Friends on Twitter or Facebook and we will bring you a list of your Friends on Twitter and facebook who joined ArabCrunch.NET so you can connect with them. If you did not find your your friends make sure you do invite them on facebook and Twitter, thus helping you grow your network which will help the tech community become richer.
Before we had some problems presenting the different sections and applications that ArabCrunch.NET offers to benefit members like you. Now you will find all our members profiles list directory which includes people, Companies, Venture funds, Organizations and Open Source in the main-bar, along with our applications that empowers startups and technology professionals: mentorship and startup Q&A.
New Personal Toolbar at the Right Sidebar
This is your personal companion toolbar that stays with you as you browse the site (if you are logged in) it includes the basic links you need to run your account on ArabCrunch.NET such as: your profile, your inbox messages, your dashboard and a link to invite your fiends.
Under that toolbar you will find another small toolbar that helps you create your company or open source project profile easily.
We also revamped our old footer, now it is greenish and comes with recent community activities feed, recent startup questions and popular tags.
Besides adding a new design for the startup Q&A box at the homepage, we also added 2 new boxes, one for members and one of companies with 2 tabs: Recent members, popular members. so you see both interesting people and interesting startups and companies.
Ask, Answer and Share Startup Questions Quickly
We’re making it easier for you to ask questions that can help you seek advise and make decisions, in the new Startup Q&A you will see a box that you can use to add your question title quickly. We also make is easier for you to contribute to the community and answer questions that are relevant to you and vote them up or down we call them CrunchUp or CrunchDown!
Now you see the question title only along with the number of answers, votes (crunches) and bookmarks in a more stream lined visual way, just hit “my matches” or “unanswered” or “popular”, or see related tags on the sidebar. On the answer view or on the startup Q&A home, you can now share a question you like or your answer on Twitter, facebook and Google buzz or via email with one click. And as before you can vote answers also up or down.
We would like to thank those users who are most active on ArabCrunch.NET with their valuable contribution to the startup and tech community. So we are about to alter the way we calculate popular users on Startup Q&A and on the homepage.
On startup Q&A popular users will be calculated based on the amount of answers and questions they contribute in a week, which means the more you ask and the more accurate answers you share with the community , the more are your chances to become featured as a popular user.
While for now in the homepage popular users are based on users who have the most visits to their profiles, so the more contribution you bring to the community and the more active your are, either on Startup Q&A or otherwise the will more page views your profile will have.
Mentorship Back to Order as Our Team Grow:
Since we were a team of 2 guys, I didn’t have the time to do the mentorship matchmaking myself all the time, But now we have Saud Banawi as our new community officer who will handle the mentorship matchmaking and answer any support questions you need, we also have Waleed Asender handling both ArabCrunch Arabic blog and UI design.
More to Come:
All what you see is the beginning for our ambitious plan to empower everyone in the technology ecosystem with more applications and tools. We will get down and dirty and work hard to solve any problem we can solve along with the help of our fans and community to reach our ultimate mission.
Lastly, let me in this occasions thank ArabCrunch team and fans for their hard work and devotion especially Zakwan AlHajjar who was recently engaged and yet chose to spend days and nights to make this release possible, Mahdi AlFara for creating the UI, Waleed Asender who helped in CSS and HTML and Saud Banawi who helped us with testing the release.