Jakarta has just become the first Southeast Asian city to join the global Social Media Week (SMW) network. The conference with international and local speakers is taking place this week at Pacific Place Mall and other satellite venues in the Indonesian capital, and showcases the use and importance of social media for corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, media, and government.
In case you missed it while you were filling your belly with dumplings and your sky with fireworks over the holiday period, China’s tech companies weren’t the only ones getting into the Spring Festival spirit. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who got some attention for speaking Mandarin at a public forum last year, put his language skills on the line again to wish Mandarin speakers of the world a happy Chinese new year. Here’s the video:
The year of the sheep is here! And with it, as usual, come crazy engagement numbers from Sina Weibo. Unsurprisingly, the night’s most popular messages came from the service’s top celebrities. Taking home the crown this year was model/actress Angelababy, whose photo of herself in the kitchen (below) along with the message “Like this and earn big in the new year!” has been liked over 3 million times already.
Last night was Chinese New Year’s Eve. Amidst all the other festivities, China’s WeChat users sent each other an astonishing 1.01 billion red envelopes (pictured above), the social media company revealed this afternoon. The virtual red envelopes stuffed with actual cash, which mirror a long-held gift-giving tradition at Chinese New Year, are a growing trend in China as people make more use of online payment methods.
Mixi is showing interest in the world outside Monster Strike, the game that saved the firm and turned it into a billion dollar company. Today, Mixi announced it acquired Muse & Co., an ecommerce site targeting high-end shoppers. The Bridge is reporting an acquisition price of JPY 1.76 billion (US$14.8 million).
LinkedIn has increased its user base in China from four million to eight million, according to its earnings report released Thursday. This doubled size in user base proves that despite the government’s strict censorship, foreign social networking sites still stand a chance in China. The business-oriented social networking service officially entered China in February 2014 with the launch of Lingying, its Chinese language site. By then, it already had about fourmillion members in its English language site.
In the span of one year, the number of people in China that see the positive impact of social media has dropped significantly. A recent study reveals 68 percent of users in 2014 think social media makes their life better, a 12 percent drop from the previous year. In 2013, QQzone emerged as the top social media channel. According to survey conducted by Kantar, a market research firm, the top three social media channels are WeChat, QQzone and Weibo.
To eliminate fake social media accounts that impersonate public figures, the Chinese government has issued new rules that go much further and outlaw anonymity in blogs, social networks, discussion forums and IM services. The move, announced Wednesday, is the latest in a recent string of Chinese government actions that have increased online censorship in the country.
While working for Japanese tech giant Fujitsu in the 1990s and 2000s, Toru Domon had a lot of opportunities to travel around the world. A native of Sapporo, the largest city in Japan’s northernmost (and least populated) island of Hokkaido, he had moved to Kawasaki – on the bustling outskirts of Tokyo – to pursue his career as a communications engineer. The job required him to attend up to 10 overseas conferences a year to learn about wireless communication standardization.
Facebook shows no signs of slowing down in Asia Pacific. The social network’s 4th quarter earnings release shows that its expansion in the region continues to outpace Europe, US/Canada, and the nebulously titled, “rest of world.” Adding an additional 23 million monthly active users (MAU), Facebook now has 449 million MAUs in Asia, a 51 percent increase from the same period two years ago.
WASHINGTON: Facebook said on Monday (Jan 26) it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality internet connections in emerging markets. A spokesman told AFP in an email that the “Facebook Lite” Android app is designed “for people on 2G (second-generation) connections or in areas of limited Internet accessibility.” The move expands Facebook’s efforts to grow the world’s biggest social network, which already has more than a billion users.
Free blogging and social networking site Tumblr is working on a Chinese version of its platform, according to iFanr. Some Tumblr users in China received invites to join the closed beta test of the translated site. While blogging platforms like WordPress and Blogger are blocked by China’s Great Firewall on the mainland, Tumblr is not (I used it to blog before starting this job for that reason). That’s probably due to the site not having a Chinese version and most of the content being more fun and shareable rather than serious and informative.