Breaking: It is Official Yahoo! To Shutdown 27 Maktoob Sites and Services

26 Apr, 2010

When mergers or acquisitions happen companies tend to close down unsuccessful products or those that overlap with each other. The other effect is downsizing the acquired companies’ staff in which Yahoo fired around 60 employees of Maktoob recently.

For Yahoo the mother company in USA, acquiring or launching sites and services and then shutting them down all together was not something unusual!

Yesterday Yahoo Maktoob users received an email from Yahoo telling them that around 27 sites from Maktoob will be closed. These sites include forums and sites that Maktoob have perviously acquired and paid a large sum of money while others are sites that Maktoob it self has developed and launched in house before Yahoo’s acquisitions.

The list includes a couple of sites that overlaps with current Yahoo services that looks strong internationally: seen and jeem ( general Q&A system) which competes with Yahoo Answers , Zoom ( photo sharing) competes with Flickr.

As7ab Maktoob’s social network is not on the list which might mean that Yahoo will keep it, as it has better features than the the old and failed Yahoo’s social network 360degree, though Yahoo has its own Yahoo Buzz and a social media and networking strategy across its sites, so I expect that As7ab will be linked with that strategy. the other social sharing sites Maktoob Clippat is not on the list as the cause to keep it might be that Yahoo until now did not do well with video sharing.

The other notable site that Yahoo is closing is sh3bwah a forum that unverified sources say that Maktoob paid around 200,000 USD to acquire and was really successful in terms of traffic, I do not know the reason behind the closing, but the site has problems with software piracy.

On the closing list, you will see a number of Islamic sites that provide Islamic content and maktoob’s sites guide and a number of Maktoob Mobile services.

Here is the full list of sites Yahoo will close in Arabic:

فيما يلي المواقع التي سيتم إغلاقها:
– أنا دلوعة
– بطاقات الفراشة
– أحلام الفراشة
– الفراشة سبيس
– الترجمة الفورية
– بطاقات مكتوب
– دليل شمس
– دليل مكتوب
– دليل شبوة
– دليل وصلات
– دليل عيون
– نكت مكتوب
– سين جيم
– شبوة سوفت
– ألبوم شبوة
– موسوعة الأسرة المسلمة
– موسوعة شبوة نت الإسلامية
– تواقيع شبوة سوفت
– التفسير الميسر للقرآن الكريم
– بطاقات تحت العشرين
– وصلات
– وصلات الرياضي
– موبايل
– عالم مكتوب موبايل
– زووم
– قناة المسابقات الثقافية

And now what do you think about Yahoo’s move ?

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  1. Gaith Saqer  |  April 26th, 2010 at 4:27 PM #

    i think this is a good move by Yahoo to consolidate but Yahoo USA has a history of shutting sites that were successful before they acquire them! look at mybloglog which had a big chance to take over the social web and Yahoo was about to close it instead of improving it ArabCrunch had its RSS syndicated to mybloglog, for several month mybloglog re-syndicating did not work and customer support replied to me after also the same period.

  2. Saud  |  April 26th, 2010 at 4:35 PM #

    In my personal opinion its a smart move from yahoo especially when most of the sites that they closed are similar to old sites provided from yahoo but globally,
    so for example there is no point in keeping two sites that dose the same job when i can close one and focus on the other.

  3. Mo Elzubeir  |  April 26th, 2010 at 4:54 PM #

    I’m surprised it took them that long to shut them down. I also doubt that this is the end of it.

  4. Feras Alnatsheh  |  April 26th, 2010 at 4:57 PM #

    i think some site’s should be closed but come’on guys why they are closing those sites !!
    – موسوعة الأسرة المسلمة
    – موسوعة شبوة نت الإسلامية
    – التفسير الميسر للقرآن الكريم

  5. Saud  |  April 26th, 2010 at 5:04 PM #

    I didn’t notice that part Mr.feras you have a good point there i think they should have left those or at the very lest.

    -التفسير الميسر للقرآن الكريم

  6. Lafi  |  April 26th, 2010 at 8:10 PM #

    Good move .. Maybe it’s also time for them to close down some of their own failed attempts .. they have alot of those

  7. Sari Al-Hiari  |  April 27th, 2010 at 8:47 AM #

    The first reaction to this news is one of mild shock and surprise.

    I normally would not be in favor of taking down Arab innovation that took years to get to where it is now.

    However, after calmly considering it, I think no one really cares about the domain name of the site going up or down. I mean as a user, Yahoo was spelled (Yaho, or Yahooo) it wouldn’t matter as long as the content is till there.

    The big question is this. What is going to happen to the content???? I hope it becomes part of the Yahoo offering in the region.

    Ps: It’s Flickr not Flicker.

  8. Firas Steitiyeh  |  April 27th, 2010 at 9:06 AM #

    I have to agree with Sari, we are fighting and spending nights talking about lack of Arabic content and here come Yahoo! to shutdown very active “Arabic” content generators! PURE ARABIC!

    On another note, even if some of the mentioned sites had a similar activity to current Yahoo! services, I wouldn’t shut them down but I would integrate them to the current service in a way or another or AT LEAST migrate the content/users and according the traffic to the current services!

    I have to say this is not SMART AT ALL! This is my humble opinion and with all do respect to all of you guys 🙂



  9. Ghassan Yonis  |  April 27th, 2010 at 11:35 AM #

    It makes perfect sense to close:

    1. Outdated sections that goes back to the 1990’s era.
    2. Sections that exclude people becuase of religion or race.
    3. Sections/sites that are already exsit and operate more succefully in Yahoo.
    4. Section who are losing money.

    If there is something else other than those 4 type have been closed, then I’m not sure why.

  10. Reza Sardeha  |  April 27th, 2010 at 11:45 AM #

    What an odd move…

  11. Sohaib Thiab  |  April 27th, 2010 at 11:46 AM #

    Glad to see that As7ab isnt being closed, while closing other services does make allot of sense.

  12. Amer A.  |  April 28th, 2010 at 8:31 PM #

    somebody should fetch those sites…

  13. marguerite  |  May 12th, 2010 at 1:31 AM #

    i’m wondering the reasons behind this move. would love to know how they made this decision and have more info on those websites…

  14. Moey  |  May 23rd, 2010 at 9:20 AM #

    They also closed Maktoob’s Skype service.

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