Monday, 8 June 2009

Omani Internet Forums - Part 2

Sorry all, I was very busy with work work and personal work for over a week now! Thanks for your comments here, emails and messages about new posts. So here we go, part 2 of my series of articles on Omani Internet Forums.

FIRST, READ PART 1


In this part, I will introduce and analyze one more very famous internet forum called Oman Forum. Again, I will do this briefly but very objectively using all my knowledge and many years of experience in the IT industry and in academic research:


AVERAGE SCORE: 4.2 OUT OF 5

OmanForum.com: This is perhaps the first dedicated English language Omani internet forum and has been running successfully for about 9 years. It is particularly famous in Oman and is among the 1000 most visited websites from inside Oman.

Diversity & Reach: Moderators and members are mostly Omani citizens and residents. More than 50% of visitors are from Oman and about 20% from India. In this criterion, it gets 4 out of 5.

Sections & Activity: A wide range of well structured categories are available. Rules and regulations are not as vivid as in EnglishSabla, but the structure of sections is quite similar. The sections are quite active and additional commercial sections exist. As per Compete Analytics, OmanForum had about 700 unique visitors in March 2009, second best among all English language forums in Oman. The average number of members online during peak hours is about 50, highest compared to the rest. For variety of topics and good activity, it gets 5 out of 5.


Members: This forum has over 3,000 members, of which over 450 are active. The members are diverse in terms of age and qualification, but not in terms of country of access. About 100 members have more than 1,000 posts and new members continuously join! For this, OmanForum gets 4 out of 5.

Technology: vBulletin is used, but not the latest version. The look and feel of this forum is ordinary, but a creative “Arcade” games section exists that provides good entertainment. It also has a built-in chat room. For this, it gets 4 out of 5.

Unique Features: OmanForum is particularly famous among the citizens and residents of Oman. It has an active classified ads section for buying and selling real estate, finding jobs and so on. For these key differentiators, it gets 4 out of 5.

In my next post, I will introduce and discuss one more forum mentioned by blogger Nadia and conclude this series of posts.

To be continued..

1 comment:

  1. Gosh, I'm ignorant. I had no idea Oman Forum existed either. I signed up immediately. Thanks for posting

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