Privacy Is Dead, Deal With It

On October 31, 2011, in Facebook, Privacy, Social Media, by Abbas Alidina

The evolution of the social consumer over the past few years provides us with a reference point on how fast and how much we have all changed. Social media has fundamentally shifted the line between what is public and what is private. “Privacy is dead, deal with it.” – Scott McNealy, CEO Sun Microsystems The [...]

Facebook Usage in the Middle East & North Africa (July 2011)

On July 6, 2011, in Dubai, Facebook, Middle East, Social Media, by Abbas Alidina

One thing that all of us Social Media advocates and enthusiasts love is the fact that the usage numbers and adoption rates always seem to be increasing at insane rates. We enjoy talking about how Social Media has changed everything from communication to human behaviour to business. The statistics back up our bold claims, quite [...]

Facebook Usage Soars in the Middle East & North Africa

On June 1, 2011, in Dubai, Facebook, Middle East, Social Media, by Abbas Alidina

When I published the inaugural Facebook Usage in the Middle East and North Africa report last year, I knew Facebook usage would continue to skyrocket, but even I could not predict that it would occur as such a blistering pace. This explosive growth is due to a number of factors including the rise of the [...]

Google +1: Google’s Social Search to Compete Against the Facebook Like Button

On April 2, 2011, in Facebook, Google, Marketing, Search Engine Optimization, Social Media, by Abbas Alidina

Google just launched Google +1 to improve the search results we see by making them more relevant to us based on the recommendations of other people. Google +1 is currently in beta mode and has not yet been officially released. If you feel like exploring, head over to Google Experimental Labs and take +1 for [...]

Egypt’s Army has ousted Mubarak as President at TahrirSquare!

On February 15, 2011, in Facebook, Middle East, Social Media, by Abbas Alidina

We have reached a tipping point in the Arab World. The rise of the Egyptian people in their revolution to remove ex-President Hosni Mubarak from office symbolizes an important shift in the Middle East -> the victory of freedom of expression over state-controlled media. The uprising in Egypt will forever be remembered as the “Social [...]

11 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Leverage Facebook

On November 9, 2010, in Facebook, Marketing, Middle East, Social Media, Training, by Abbas Alidina

There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. Entrepreneurs no longer need deep pockets to market themselves to global audiences. The tools and technologies that have sprung up over the past 5 years have enabled bootstapped entrepreneurs and small businesses to promote themselves effectively with minimal expenses. Social Media has leveled the [...]

MENA Facebook Usage and Statistics Report

On May 22, 2010, in Facebook, Middle East, Social Media, by Abbas Alidina

The surge of new Facebook users in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) continues, as over 1.64 Million people joined the Social Network over the last month, pushing the total count of MENA Facebook users to over 40 Million. Out of the global Facebook user base of 400 Million people, approximately one-tenth presently live [...]