Thursday, November 22, 2012

Google is encouraging web content in Arabic

Arabic guys enjoy!! A month long awaited initiative has been launched by Google to promote the Arabic Language. The program has the name "Arabic Web Days". The focus of the project is to enhance the use of Arabic language on internet, which is under represented.

On December 2012, Google is organizing offline as well as online events, an infographic making competition, Google+ hangouts and the celebration of Arabic Web Day.

“It’s all about the users,” said Maha Abu Elenein, Google’s head of communications in the Middle East and North Africa. “We want the internet to be relevant for Arabic speaking users.”

A post written on Google's official blog says that: "Arabic content on the web represents just 3 percent of the total digital content online. Yet Arabic speakers make up more than 5 percent of the global population.”

Over the next month, Arabic Web Days will feature several challenges, encouraging creative users to create content and share it via various channels, with the idea that “it’s better in Arabic.” Audio content will be shared on SoundCloud, videos on YouTube, tweets on Twitter, articles on Wikipedia and Wamda, and translations on TED.

Google has also launched a dedicated Arabic blog and a video promoting Arabic Web Days.

Here's the promo video

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