Google Employee Goes Missing In Egypt

Google's head of marketing for the Middle East and North Africa Wael Ghonim has gone missing in Egypt. Ghonim, a supporter of the Egyptian opposition, has been missing since Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Ghonim had been a vocal supporter of the protesters in Egypt, on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Ghonim's Twitter account indicated he had been actively participated in the protests on January 25th, and he last posted on the 27th.

The posts reflect his active involvement.
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One hopes one of his last posts does not prove prophetic.
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Google would not confirm any information, the Los Angeles Times reported. "Google declined to confirm if Ghonim was in fact missing. A spokeswoman did say in an e-mail: "We care deeply about the safety of our employees, but to protect their privacy, we don't comment on the individually."

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.