toot goes live…

A while back, while checking my blog’s statistics, I found a number of visitors coming from a site called “toot” that I didn’t know about.
When I checked the site, which was still in test mode, and not even in alpha, as they put it. I really liked the site’s idea and got all excited about the project.

I also found out that most of the people behind it are good friends of mine: Ahmad, Jad, Wael and Roba.

So what is toot?
toot is a handpicked aggregator for the Arab blogosphere to provide quality reading, both in Arabic and English.
What is quality reading or not is decided through a voting system through which people show their interests.

After the initial test period, then another phase of further development, the switch was turned on at toot on 01/01/06. It’s still not even alpha, I guess they’re borrowing a page from Google’s Betas here, but the site is up and functional.
Only 50 blogs have been chosen for this initial period. Luckily for me, both my English and Arabic blog have made it into the selection. Hooray πŸ˜‰

I’m personally very excited about this project, as I’ve already expressed to my friends, and I congratulate them on this great idea, and on a successful implentation of it.

I love the site’s design, it rocks big time. But then again, what else could I expect from the guys at Syntax, but a beautiful, usable, tasty design?

I wish the toot team all the best of luck, and again guys, if there is anything I can help with, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Mohamed Marwen Meddah is a web development director, amateur photographer and web enthusiast from Tunisia, currently living in Canada.

4 thoughts on “toot goes live…”

  1. Hey Marwan..

    Thanks for the great mention and for the encouragement. I’ve seen people coming to toot from your site in the last few minutes.. The network effect is working.

    We’re happy to have you on our initial list of 50 :).

    Interesting fact: Jad is sitting at exactly the same spot you used to occupy at SYNTAX πŸ™‚

  2. Hey Ahmad,

    You’re welcome πŸ™‚
    I’m happy to have sent some people your way.

    And I’m honored to be on your initial 50 list.

    As for Jad and my old spot, I noticed that from the photos you guys took at the office :), and he confirmed it in a chat the other day. I hope he likes it, it has a pretty nice view πŸ™‚

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