Saudi Gazette reports on a new social medium that’s proving very popular in Saudi Arabia, Keek. It appears to be a sort of video Twitter, with 36-second videos uploaded and shared among users. Just how it’s being used is the issue, with some finding it ‘inappropriate’. The medium certainly plays to the hand of youths who would rather gather information through video rather than the written word. Just how much context can be conveyed in 36 seconds is another matter.
Keek: A fine line between use and abuse
Laura Bashraheel | Saudi Gazette
JEDDAH — Saudi Arabia has some of the highest adoption rates of social networking sites in the world with Facebook, micro-blogging website Twitter and photo-sharing site Instagram claiming the bulk of users who share anything from political views to favorite recipes.
The Kingdom also has a high adoption rate of smartphones which means sharing words, photos and videos has become even easier for the country’s legions of social networking users. The latest social networking craze to hit the country is the video-sharing service known as Keek and just like any new technology trend, Keek can be used positively or negatively.
A free online social networking service, Keek allows users to upload 36-second video clips called keeks. Users can post their keeks using a webcam or via mobile phone apps for Android and iPhone. Users can also reply to posted videos via text or video comments known as keekbacks and share content to other major social media networks such as Twitter.