Google today announced the launch of a new Arab focused question and answer service under the name Google Egabat (English: Google Answers), not to be confused with the now-defunct English Google Answers service which was shut down a few years ago. For more info about Google Egabat check out StartupArabia’s post.
Its definitely exciting to see yet another sign of interest of the big US internet players in the Arab market. Google’s choice of such a service in particular is also worth some analysis. Both Maktoob and D1G (and maybe others) have similar Q&A services, so Google is not really adding anything new here. However, they might have chosen to launch such service because it would contribute directly to increasing the amount of Arabic content on the internet and reveal what topics interest the Arab user today. In other words, this is an easy way for Google to ‘sniff’ the market and study its users.
Now for a lighter matter regarding this site. I mean what’s up with the Egyptian dialect in the name. The standard Arabic way to pronounce the name of the service is ‘Ejabat’. When I say standard I mean the way people would read it in the Quran or the way the news is read on Aljazeera. It’s a ‘Jeem’ as in Jordan and not a ‘G’ like in Egg.
If you go the ejabat.google.com (so they’re obviously aware of the issue) it also takes you to the new site. But they’ve chosen to to go with the Egyptian pronouncement ‘Egabat’. Was this service developed in Egypt? I wouldn’t be surprised.
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