elections.naharnet.com – The First Web2.0 website for Lebanon

03Jun09

Well it’s about time.

naharnet_Web2.0For one of the major news portals, whether a Journal, News site, Visual/Audio media or simply a local Interactive agency to finally take the initiative of developing a collaborative social medium for Lebanon. A long awaited niche, pre-nurtured by nature. Lebanese adore politics. I may go a bit into techno-rubish from here on; But, it is fair to say, that the elections section of naharnet is the first seriously built web2.0 site in Lebanon. Actually it’s first to none from what I’ve scoured.

elections.naharnet.com in my opinion, covered one of the main criteria of web2.0 but far from complete is collaboration and the other basics. Another feature highly praised is the ‘digg-model’, where users themselves of that websphere are a lead component in organizing important events, controversial events and the mere blahs. An additional ‘public service’ to the role current medias have – which is a collaborative feedback medium, and more importantly, site analytics.

AJAX is certainly the right choice, though it’s wonky while adding a comment. I expected a different behaviour. As for SEO, it’s ok, It’s betting mostly generated on data content (& archiving), maybe unintentionally using long-tail, it’ll take time for page ranking to be good. Sharing also adds circulation to all major application spheres, such as facebook, twitter, digg, etc;

On the other hand, the site has funny localization – you have English and Arabic on the same main page and begs the question here as to why isn’t there also a French section to it?? I was sure they had connections with Le Jour?

The main news page of elections.naharnet.kom is hopefully generated automatically , as in mechanized democracy, with the most recent/viewed/commented/tagged/link-backed article or an algorithm mixing and matching these options to be displayed.

As far as design goes, looks clean, the naharnet logo seems a little out of place, but the recently published highlighted in that manner is clever, especially for a news website. I haven’t seen that much in other, international news websites. I rarely look at the time and date an article was published, but if it is displayed to you in real-time, it suddenly has more importance. I am freak on UI and UX, it is something I take note of, and currently am a consultant for a well-known web company, a leader in its field actually, here in California. and yet I can’t vote, just observe. And this observer, grants you naharnet, as  the first web2.0 built website for Lebanon!

n.b. The site still has bugs, an obvious one, the password property on the text while signing in, to at least cover it with asterisks. A Suggestion, keep it beta, its not a shame to have a beta logo. It’s an emblem of continuous improvement, think of it as branding. Also, adding a ‘time-to-edit’ comments would be helpful, as it may come in handy for self-maintained quality content.



5 Responses to “elections.naharnet.com – The First Web2.0 website for Lebanon”

  1. Thanks a lot from Tynan ;)

  2. 2 Erick Knaider

    Steve,

    If I was the proud owner of Naharnet, I presume I WOULD be proud of having the first 2.0 website in Lebanon, whether it SHOULD have been launched ages ago, or not.

    Second of all, I assume the website has been launched not long ago, thus probably still not more than a beta release.

  3. 3 Steve Austin

    I don’t understand how Naharent functions its website.

    Are they REALLY proud of having 2.0? Shouldn’t they have had that AGES ago?

    Does anyone read through their articles/ They not only have GRAMMAR mistakes, but spelling ones too.

    Who’s their editor in chief?

    Horrible job.

  4. spot on! I am limited with changing much stuff with wordpress.com, I need them (host) for my privacy: http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/projects/guide/

    As for design, I took a minimalist approach with minimum maintenance.

  5. 5 Michel K.

    great site! Why dont you change this one, it does need fixing…


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