Yesterday morning I attended a conference for entrepreneurs held near Cairo, in a “Smart Village” where Microsoft, Vodaphone, Intel, Alcatel and a lot of banks are located.

The event included a Panel on social media, or, more precisely, on how marketing uses it.“Social is the new viral,” said one of the CEOs who spoke there.

I heard a lot of generalizations like “Listen to your communities and adjust your strategy,” or “educating clients is essential,” and even “content is key.”

I hesitate between calling these useful or “the usual bullshit”, as one of my neighbors did.

But we’re in Egypt.

@tarekshalaby, a web designer and entrepreneur, has no qualms with tweeting “Down with Tantawi” (who is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces).

Someone responds that this is not the place to vent one’s political sentiments….

No matter what, it is a different type geolocalization, one that is particularly efficient.


J’enquête, je suis et j’analyse les technologies de l’information et de la communication depuis la préhistoire (1994). Piqué par la curiosité et l’envie de comprendre ce que je sentais important,...