Google+ may represent the biggest threat Facebook has ever faced since it launched more than half a decade ago. But is Google's new social network, which may be off to the fastest start ever for a social network, already buckling underneath the surface?
Despite the fact that Google may have finally built a social network capable of competing in the market, cracks are showing which raise doubts about Google+'s future prospects.
Samih Toukan is Chairman and CEO at Jabbar Internet Group, the leading group of internet sites and web properties in the Middle East and North Africa.
In 2000, along with Hussam Khoury, Samih founded the Arab Internet services company, Maktoob as the world's first Arabic / English email service provider.
Following the subsequent acquisition of Maktoob by Yahoo, Samih founded Jabbar Internet Group, an integrated group of online companies and websites. The group’s assets extend from e-commerce sites to online games, to advertising products & search services.
I caught up with Samih to find out a little more about the companies within the Jabbar Internet Group, and the future of digital marketing in the Middle East...
Social games are ridiculously popular with Facebook users, which is making them just as popular with marketers. If you’re
thinking of adding a social game to your marketing mix in 2011, take
some tips from big brand expert Disney in terms of how to get it
Disney has teamed with Booyah, developer of the game Nightclub City, to promote its upcoming film TRON: Legacy.
Google is the 800 pound gorilla of the internet, but despite its prominence, it doesn't have a large footprint in some of the internet's most lucrative emerging markets, such as online gaming. But it might be looking to change that.
On Saturday, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington reported that Google has "secretly invested" $100m to $200m in Zynga, the maker of some of the internet's most popular social games, including Farmville and Mafia Wars. According to Arrington, the investment is related to a new product Google is creating with Zynga's help: Google Games.
Social gaming powerhouse Zynga has built a business potentially worth
north of a billion dollars. And it doesn't sell anything. Real, that
By some estimates, the company will reportedly pulls in over half a billion dollars in revenue this year selling virtual goods, such as virtual tractors and furniture, that
are used in social games that are played by hundreds of millions of people
each month on social networks like Facebook.