Iran Plugged In

Looking at the impact of the Internet in Iran

Facebook in Iran

Facebook and Twitter are the two hottest sites on the Web right now.

Facebook was recently unblocked in Iran, and I know that online social networks are very popular in Iran – like anywhere else in the world. Prior to Facebook, Yahoo 360 and Orkut were huge in Iran.

I will research in depth how popular Facebook is in Iran, but from some initial investigation, I found some initial data:

  • 48,547 people in the “Iran” network (as of today)
  • Multiple Iranian university networks listed in Facebook. Taking a glance at the Sharif University network, there are 2,346 people.
  • There appear to be around 10-15 FB applications related to Iran.
  • How many people are talking about Iran on people’s walls? See here.
  • “Since Feb 3, Facebook has jumped from the 29th most visited website in Iran to the 12th, according to Alexa” (Source)
  • A lot of Iranian users use Facebook to support causes, such as making Norooz, the Iranian New Year, part of the UN calendar.

There is a Facebook competitor in Iran, called Cloob, which is very similar to Facebook.


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YouTube EDU Launches

I just read on Techcrunch that YouTube EDU just launched. Now, many universities are recording their lectures and posting them online. YouTube.EDU is a video channel for universities to do so. Many top universities are starting to post their video lectures to this site like Stanford, UC Berkeley, MIT, and UCLA. I’m happy to see these universities publish their content and hope other universities will do the same.

This is fantastic because I believe the Internet, and especially YouTube, is one of the greatest tools to enhance your education. There is a wealth of information online (in addition to a lot of silly nonsense).

This is great for countries like Iran too so students and adults can have access to such rich lectures from these fine universities. Recently, YouTube was unblocked in Iran – along with FaceBook. This is a big step forward.

For me, I have watched countless videos on YouTube that I know has improved my general knowledge in topics that interest me, or I randomly discovered and learned new interesting things while browsing around YouTube. I’ve watched documentary clips, recorded presentations, music videos, and more. YouTube is awesome.

Iran, start YouTube’ing and go learn something new !

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Some Stats of Iran Online

Here are some rough numbers:

According to this blog post, Iran has a vital online community of around 60,000 active blogs and up to 20 million people connected to the Internet. The article later states that in 2006, Iran reported over 10,000,000 blogs and websites were filtered, and Iran invested $5,000,000 to build a filtering system.

According to Wikipedia, Iran is the world’s fourth largest country of bloggers. Wikipedia lists that over 23 million people are connected to the Internet as of 2007. Wikipedia states that there are over 700,000 Iranian blogs with approximately 40,000 – 110,000 of them are active.

According to Technorati, the Persian language is among the 10 most common languages amongst bloggers.

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Iran: A Nation of Bloggers

Iran: A Nation of Bloggers

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Hello World!

This is the birth of my weblog.

About the weblog:

The intent of this blog is to share learnings about the role of Internet and Technology in Iran. While the topics discussed will primarily be Iran related, I will likely and frequently discuss the impact of the Internet in our global community. More than anything else, this blog will be a tool for me to continue learning about two passions of mine: 1) Iran 2) the impact of the Internet in our world.

About Me:

I am an Iranian who likes building and using cool Internet products. How surprising!

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