I wish a joyous Eid al-Fitr to all those celebrating the end of Ramadan

Eid Mubarak

July:17:2015 - 07:15 | Comments Off | Permalink

Ramadan Kareem greeting

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I’ll be taking my annual holiday break, starting today. I expect to be back in harness the first week of January.

I wish you all the best of the season!

December:22:2014 - 06:00 | Comments & Trackbacks (1) | Permalink

Eid Al-Adha Mubarak

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Eid Mubarak

July:28:2014 - 07:18 | Comments Off | Permalink

I’m off for a few days fishing, out of the reach of cell phones, the Internet, and this blog.

I should be back by Monday.

July:18:2014 - 11:54 | Comments Off | Permalink

I note that I’ve been writing Crossroads Arabia for ten years now. I actually started in May, 2004, but by July had settled into this format and platform.

A lot has gone on over these ten years. A new King in Saudi Arabia, increased attacks on Saudi Arabia by Al-Qaeda and Al-Qaeda related groups as well as the effective Saudi counter-offensive. Reforms in social policies, in the legal system, and in lightening the hand that seeks to control women have all taken place. Saudi women have taken part in the international Olympics. New laws and regulations have been adopted that have bettered the working conditions of foreign workers while others have served to chase many of those workers out of the Kingdom to be replaced by Saudi workers.

Saudi Arabia remains a work in progress and I look forward to recording that progress over the coming years.

July:11:2014 - 08:23 | Comments & Trackbacks (3) | Permalink

I’ll be traveling for the next week or so and will not be posting regularly. See you in May!

April:22:2014 - 05:02 | Comments Off | Permalink

This time, it’s for the Christmas/New Years holidays. I’ll be back in early January, though if something major arises, I’ll find a way to post.

I hope you all the best for the holidays and a prosperous, healthy New Year!

December:21:2013 - 06:43 | Comments Off | Permalink

I’ll be traveling this week for the American Thanksgiving holiday. Blogging will be light to non-existent.

See you all on my return!

November:26:2013 - 04:32 | Comments & Trackbacks (2) | Permalink

Eid Mubarak

I’d like to wish all my readers a happy Eid.

August:08:2013 - 06:25 | Comments Off | Permalink

It’s not just fake degrees or certification that are being bought in Saudi Arabia (See: More “Faking It”). Buying followers on social media has become a thing, too.

Saudi Gazette reports that an increasing number of Saudi companies are buying what seem to be supporters in an effort to make themselves look popular. In the political realm, this is an aspect of astroturfing, but it works (or doesn’t) in commerce as well.

I think it surprising that Twitter itself says that perhaps 40% of users appear to be fake. And this is the cutting edge of social media?

More Saudis ‘buying’ followers on Twitter
Laura Bashraheel | Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — In today’s social media world, followers equal power or, at least, indicate importance.

Companies realized the potential of selling followers to users as a way to gain profit by charging a certain amount of money for a certain amount of “fake users” to increase the number of followers.

Would people follow a user who blogs about technology with 500 followers or the one with 50,000?

Since the early days of social media, the number of followers has been associated with value but getting a high number of followers is not easy. Many accounts started popping up under user names such as “increase your followers” or “get followers”.

These accounts ask for people to follow them so they can follow back, to gain followers.

A report published in the New York Times revealed that about 20 million users on Twitter are fake.

Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser said that they have actually taken legal action against some companies promoting the sale of fake followers. He also said that about 40 percent of users look like fake accounts because they only follow people and have never tweeted themselves.

In the interest of full disclosure, I do have a Twitter account for Crossroads Arabia. I post Tweets to all the posts that appear here under the xrdarabia handle. I’ve not been buying followers, however.

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