eKayf: The Arabic eHow that We Need
eHow is an online guide with more than 1 million articles and videos about how to do things. The site is owned by Demand Media a US company that is set to hit NASDAQ, as it filled for an IPO early this month.
Critics of eHow label the site as a content farm which pushes together an inventory of low quality articles and videos produced by low paid freelancers in order to boost search engine traffic.
Low quality English content might be a true case for eHow, but for the Arabic Internet, there is no content to start with. Thats is why a startup like eKayf which is a copy of eHow but in Arabic is very useful, at least there is now some Arabic content that has some editor behind it rather than content coming from Forums as 90% of that content has no real value, the prof is that most of the time google returns wrong results for many Arabic keywords.
As of today, eKayf seems to boost good amount of content dividing them into different categories: Internet, Computer, Work, Relations, Life, Health, and Cooking. Here is an Arabic post in how to use Twitter.
eKayf (means eHow in Arabic) launched in 2009 and is based in Egypt.