Qaym Launches Improved Design, To Make Critical Decisions in The Coming Weeks
Saudi based, restaurants social review site or “Yelp for the Arab world” Qaym has launched a new design for its Arabic site that includes a number of features: new cities page design that now includes restraints guide, badges for active members, improved search that now comes with suggestions among other additions.
In the blog post (Arabic link) announcing the new UI Jihad Alammar, founder & CEO of Qaym said that Qaym is going through critical time and that decisive decisions will be made in the coming weeks regarding the future of his startup.
Jihad also described a number of challenges that Qyam face, on top of them according to him, is that the Arab Internet users is still hostage to the “Forum Culture” and that Arab Internet users are used to forums basic UI (user interface) which makes it difficult for non-forums sites like Qyam to be used by the average Internet users. This point is also shared by Mohammed SAHLI the founder of Arabic links sharing site (stumbleUpon Arabic clone ) Merkab.
However Jihad mentioned that the explosive growth of Facebook among Arab users is a major factor in changing this culture and Arab user perception about how to use the web, as Millions of Arab users are being used to social tools and apps on facebook.
The other challenge he said that Qaym face is lack of interest among Arab developers to use Qaym API which they launched recently.
We wish all the best to Qaym and hope they thrive, the same to all Arab and International startups, But is it true Arab users are still hostage to the “forums culture” ? if true Why? This question has been a debatable question on ArabCrunch.NET Startup Q&A here.