Google releases Arabic Q&A tool
User-driven Ejabat service aims to increase availability of information in Arabic
Google has just gone live with its user-driven Ejabat question and answer tool that makes it easier for users in the region to find relevant information online in Arabic.
The company stated that less than 1% of content online is in Arabic, with users often unable to find the same depth and variety of information had they been searching in English. With Ejabat, Google’s effort to ‘enrich the Arabic web’, users can help bridge that gap by post and answering questions in Arabic.
"In our effort to understand the needs of the market we found out that Arabic users ask Google a tremendous number of questions every day however a lot of these remain unanswered due to the lack of Arabic content online. We recognize that users are the best at answering each others's questions within a community and this product is the prefect way to be able to share and contribute information" said Wael Ghonim, regional product & marketing manager at Google MENA.
Catering to market needs, Google released Ejabat in Arabic, before English. Late last year, Arabic was also one of the first languages Google globally launched for its Knol knowledge sharing tool.
The company recently released Google Sites in Arabic, allowing people to create websites without having any prior HTML knowledge or web design skills. Depending on user preferences, these sites can then be shared within a group of corporate users or with the world.
"We strive to make our products available in every language around the world. Making Google Sites available in Arabic means Arab users can create a customized and sharable site within minutes, without using even a line of code. All it takes to start a new page is just one click," added Ghonim.