It seems that Jordanian Internet companies are at the forefront of offering blogging services to the Arab world. Jeeran, Maktoob, Al-Bawaba, Fastlink and now the Mahjoob Company is getting into it. It was a bit strange seeing that they started offering it. Kind of like the website for Garfield offering blogging services. Mahjoob isn’t exactly like these other companies which are typically web-based; even with Fastlink one can possibly see the business aspect behind it.
But Mahjoob.com does have a relatively successful Forum (or bulletin board) that I used to be an active participant in the past. So perhaps the move into blogs is not such a strange leap. Although it is strange in the sense that a blogging service on the same website that is now known for its forum is kind of conflicting. Forums have a collective nature to them while a blog is quite independent. All the blogs on it thus far (it’s very new) are already members of the forum, so I don’t know how that will work out for them.
Right now the service appears very basic and simple, not very appealing in presentation. I don’t know how customizable they are but all the blogs seem to be dominated by the Abu-Mahjoob website header. I suppose it’s still in the not-even-alpha stage and it will improve like the rest of’em.
Nevertheless it’s great to the move by Jordanian companies. Look out for Toot blogs now! (I get credit for the idea)
Can any blogger remember the time when there was such a thing called Comic Chat or mIRC?