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Facebook’s Loss is MillatFacebook’s Gain

Posted by Vaibhav Kalamdani on May 29, 2010

Since the last few days, Facebook is experiencing tremendous pressure from certain regions across the world. Not only this, the social networking powerhouse has also been put to test because of the privacy issues, leading to agitation amongst some users who have already threatened to quit the site on May 31st this year.

To add more salt to the wound, we now see the emergence of new social networking sites that seem to capitalize on the opportunity and take the giant head-on. “MillatFacebook” is one of them! It has just been over a week that Facebook was banned in Pakistan for showing “blasphemous” images of the Prophet Mohammed. Similarly, YouTube (along with hundreds of other websites) too was put under the scanner and eventually blocked by agitated users in the region.

About MillatFacebook:

With about 8,000 users already, MillatFacebook, a newly launched Facebook-like social networking site has created a stir in the Muslim world. With six young IT specialists from Lahore rolling out the site on Wednesday this week, the aim was to register their disapproval of the images of Prophet Mohammed and to offer a substitute to Facebook, which is currently facing the heat from thousands of its members.

According to one of the founders of MillatFacebook, the move is also to propagate their technological independence and notify Facebook that it cannot make money from users and then disrespect their views.

Carrying on with Social Networking:

Social networking has become a habit today, and there seems to be no stopping to it. As people across the world embrace Web 2.0, one can only expect innovations to take place in the social media space that would help them connect with each other. Considering this aspect, majority of the Pakistanis have certainly not given up networking after the Facebook ban, but are seeking alternatives of keeping in touch with their friends and family.

It is also believed that several users in Pakistan have switched to other social networking sites, while some have got hold of the proxy servers to access Facebook. Therefore, understanding the popularity of Facebook, it seems the designers of MillatFacebook decided to replicate the login page with a hope of attracting people of all faith, however largely focusing on the Muslim community.

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