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Balatarin Search Engine 20101202
Balatarin.com Search Engine Plugin for Firefox
About this Add-on
Balatarin has played a crucial role in the pro-democracy movement in Iran. Many of the human rights abuses were publicized on Balatarin for the first time. Many of the initiatives and ideas were formed by the users on Balatarin. Iranian government has in numerous occasions has blamed Balatarin along with Facebook and Twitter as the "plotters" of the after election turmoil in Iran.
Balatarin has a large readership in North America, Europe and Middle East. The access to the website has been blocked in Iran by the Iranian government.
Balatarin has a completely unique points(credibility) system that prevents it from running into problems that similar websites such as digg.com have run into. Each user has a credibility that increases over time based on the activities and contributions of the user to Balatarin. The amount of the credibility of each user in turns determines their level of allowed activity in each 24-hour period . This prevents overactive, inexperienced, new users from lowering the quality of Balatarin.
Balatarin is the first web 2.0 website in Persian. It is developed using Ruby on Rails. It was launched on August 16, 2006. It has been one the top 20 most visited websites written in Ruby on Rails.
1. Many of Iranian bloggers rely on Balatarin for publicizing their articles. Balatarin's 35 million page views is an indicator of its success in bringing a lot of audience for what bloggers produce. There have been more than half a million story submissions to Balatarin. Users have left more than 8 million comments so far. Balatarin visitors spend an average of 15 minutes on the website. This is much higher than the average for other websites.
2. Balatarin also is a place where a number of Iranian-born journalists and bloggers are present and directly talk to their audience.
3. Balatarin is US based and adheres to US law. Posting porn, advocating violence, or copyrighted materials are not allowed on the website.