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Networking sites: Now made in Pakistan

The Pakistan Courts have finally lifted the ban on Facebook. But for the 2.5 million users in Pakistan, Facebook is decidedly out of favour.

During the two week ban, Pakistanis decided that they will not tolerate campaigns like Everyone Draw Mohammed Day. And so they were quick use the opportunity to create Pakistan’s first social networking site - http://www.millatfacebook.com/. This was followed by two more such sites - http://www.emanfacebook.com/, and myfriendsbook.com

At first glance, all three look like clones of Facebook – the blue colour with profiles having access to similar features like a wall to talk to their friends, and discussion forums, chat and photos. But they all have one common message to the world on their home page- that they “can help you connect to 1.57 billion Muslims around the world and sweet people from other religions.” And that they are “hatred-free communities.”

It’s not even a week since their launch, but these sites are already popular among Muslims around the world. Ironically, these sites also have fan pages on their rival Facebook.

And here’s the latest post from the Millatfacebook fan page:

“Dear Brother/Sister, Congrats & Salam to all almost 90,000 Muslims already United as One Millat/Ummah at MFB. Now doing a server upgrade to ensure high speed for all our Muslim Community. We will be back in 2 HOURS. Thanks for your cooperation.”

Millatfacebook has about 630 followers and Emanfacebook has 100 people “liking” it on Facebook. I hit the refresh button after five minutes and in that short time the count has shot up to 750 and 109. Most of the comments are filled with praise, suggestions and queries from the new users.

The ban on YouTube was also lifted only last week, but many more such links continued to be blocked. YouTube and Facebook together account for 25 percent of internet traffic in Pakistan. But now after the launch of these new sites, it’s hardly a surprise that these bans will have little effect on the country’s web users.

6 Comments on “Networking sites: Now made in Pakistan”

  1. #1 jacobian
    on Jun 2nd, 2010 at 10:28 am

    well this looks great.I love to see another rival of social network towards facebook

  2. #2 sajid joo
    on Jun 4th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    salaam ap logun ki mahnat ko salam krty hy…

  3. #3 Mohd Hameed
    on Jun 4th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Sad to see that the writer of this article is not even aware that these parasite sites violate the copyright and trademarks of Facebook. They should expect law suits any time soon.

    Muslims should create their own social networking site that are not parasites of the real Facebook.

  4. #4 auto appraiser
    on Jun 4th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Well I do not care how Pakistan feels about anything.The only thing we should take care is Pakistan exports terrorists…

  5. #5 ummahsn
    on Jun 8th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    well nice artical .just want to left a great news to muslim ummah .found a New Islamic social network of world wide muslims .thougth why not say thanks on this blog and share here information about it.

  6. #6 Faaiez Mohammad
    on Sep 29th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Pakistan does not export terrorists because it is on a war against all the terrorist activities. These terrorism attacks are sever threats to the existence of the country. the thing is who is supporting these terrorists as they are increasing day by day after being at war for a long time. The truth is India and America are the real breeders of these terrorists. You can find truth even in this page.

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