Internet is going through a maturity phase and is reconstituting itself as a legitimate source of information and commerce for the 21st century. The experimentation phase is over and the shift is more towards constructing sites that meet specific needs and objectives. Internet hobbyists are loosing their attractions and are making rooms for practitioners and implementers. Internet visitors’ expectation has been raised greatly. Nowadays people surf the net with purpose. Iranian Internet sites are also undergoing the same transformation. Publishers of some of these sites have clearly recognized this change and are trying to define their sites goals and objectives. Some have come to realize that providing a directory of other Iranian web sites or re-verbalizing the news are no longer enough to attract visitors. So what distinguish one site among so many that is out there, are the additional services they offer. Unfortunately, offering additional services requires major financial and personal investments. This is compounded with the high level of uncertainty for recovering the expansion costs. In the next couple of years, we will witness some of the Iranian publishers struggle with this fact, trying to decide if they are ready to take the next step.
About two years ago, we decided that we are in this for
the long haul and planned Iran Online site design accordingly. Our
objective was to create a unique forum (Iran Online Forum) that offers
the widest range of services to our visitors, while offering advertising
opportunity to businesses. We think many of you would agree with
us, if we said Iran Online was just that. However, we will be the
first to admit that we must do more. Some of our upcoming additions
to Iran Online Forum are the evidence of our commitment.
We are in the process of redesigning Iranian Online Yellow
Pages (www.IranianYellowPages.com). Iranian Online Yellow Pages is
probably the first Iranian Online business directory available on the Internet.
It is an Integral part of Iran Online Forum. It is being hosted and
maintained by Manou & Associates Inc. who also
Since the last issue of the Iran Online Magazine, we have
been adding new features and have been updating the existing sections of
Iran Online Forum. We have added a new section about Kurdistan. We
have started hosting School of Planning and Computer Applications (SPCA)
Alumni and NEDA organization web sites as part of Iran Online Forum. We
have also posted new issues of Iran Gohar newsletters. Additionally,
two new issues of Iranian Cultural Clubs of Orange County newsletters have
been posted. The Anti-Violence Campaign section has been expanded.
We have installed a new version of the Chat Server software that offers
a more robust encryption techniques. Finally, we have added Iran
Iran Online bookstore supports two purposes. First, it provides Iran Online visitors an easy access to a large selection of books. The second purpose is to generate revenue to help off-set Iran Online development, expansion and upkeep costs.
Our visitors can purchase books from two sources via Iran
Online. The first source is Amazon.com. Books about Iran available
through Amazon.com can be purchased in Iran Online Bookstore. The
second source is Barnes and Noble bookstore. Our visitors can buy
any book available through Barnes and Noble via Iran Online. We invite
you to visit Iran Online Bookstore and buy all your books through us.
As always the articles posted in this issue are from a
pool of viewers provided material. We thank our viewers whose articles
are included here. The articles presented here cover
a wide range of topics. They do not necessarily reflect Iran Online
or its staff viewpoints. We also thank you and would like to remind
you that we value your opinion. Please continue to send us your articles
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