Ammar Yasir talks about Teabreak on ITLoW
Ammar Yasir is a telecom engineer turned software professional working in an award-winning and innovative software company in Karachi. But it was not in that capacity that I interviewed him on “In the Line of Wire”. Ammar is also known as Chai Walah (a name given to him by the infamous Rabia Garib) because of the venture he co-founded with Asim Imtiaz (now working at Amazon.com in Scotland) called Teabreak.pk.
Teabreak started off as a blog aggregator and has managed to aggregate as many as 1350 Pakistani blogs. The purpose, says Ammar Yasir in this interview on ITLoW, was not to highlight known bloggers as much as it was to highlight great blogs that were relatively unknown.
Ammar also talks about the role of social networking in our society and how much it has empowered the individual. There are challenges no doubt as people learn to use social networks. With freedom to communicate as easily and with increased reach, also come responsibilities.
TeaBreak.pk has grown and developed over the past year and a half and has been not only promoting and bringing together bloggers from across Pakistan, but have also been talking about ethical blogging, using blogs to promote the image of Pakistan, and with Teabreak 3.0 there are going to be new areas of emphasis. Ammar tells us about future plans in his conversation with me on ITLoW.
Ammar also talks about the need for more local language blogs and the importance of photo blogs – perhaps even expand the reach by attracting more people into putting up podcasts and videocasts. He thinks there is a need to get more university students involved in blogging and professors putting up lectures online.
It is amazing how much time Ammar, Asim and others in their team commit to Teabreak.pk considering that they have high pressure, full time jobs. I guess it is the excitement of what they are doing that keeps them charged up. Good luck guys. We look forward to the launch of Teabreak 3.0. You are doing some great work. You have our support whenever you need it.
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