Tech Mahindra build enterprise social network platform; to roll out to clients

MUMBAI: Tech Mahindra has launched an internal social networking site, to aid communication and collaboration with its nearly 1 lakh employees, and is looking to pitch the platform to customers in the next few months.  Enterprise social networking has boomed over the last few years, as companies look to gain the benefits of internal collaboration without the danger of proprietary information being leaked onto public social networking platforms.

Who decides the dos and don’ts of Facebook use? from VN

The students in question had expressed themselves on the social networking site too freely, using vulgar words, curses and insults against others, including their own parents and teachers, and speaking ill of, isolating and threatening friends. “Living with our children in the virtual world is not easy at all,” admitted Nguyen Thu Hang, a mother residing in Ha Noi. “I used to know nothing about information technology. While all of my colleagues have accounts in Facebook, I didn’t care about it,” she said. “But after my daughter, a fifth grade student, joined Facebook, I had to join too.”

Weibo reports user, revenue growth

Leading Chinese social media platform, Sina Weibo, posted a higher-than-expected financial report on Friday, saying its net revenues increased 58 percent year-on-year to US$84.1 million in the third quarter. Weibo stock was up 4 percent in after-hours trading after the company released the results. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected Weibo’s revenues at US$81.5 million. The company also forecasted its fourth-quarter revenues between US$102 million to US$105 million, edging above Wall Street’s expectations of US$100.55 million.

NetEase Closes Chinese Blog Services

Chinese Internet portal announced that the company will officially close its blog services and recommends users to move their blogs to LOFTER, a microblog service at NetEase. According to NetEase, the blogs moving to LOFTER will maintain the same contents. Meanwhile, the company will completely shut down its blog services in the coming weeks.

VN has 10th-largest number of Facebook users

GWI actively collects data from 32 countries by asking Internet users which sites they visited during a period via any device. The survey revealed that the United States has the largest share of Facebook users with 15 per cent, followed by India and China with 13 per cent each. Viet Nam is in the 10th position with 3 per cent. Meanwhile, Similar Web, which does IP-based analysis, released very different results, saying that India is the only Asian country in the top 10 for Facebook traffic.

Hike and WeChat fill TVs with commercials, but WhatsApp stays on top with 70 million active users in India

Asian messaging apps like Hike of India, Line from Japan, and WeChat from China have been making big inroads into a growing smartphone crowd – but the big daddy of them all WhatsApp remains comfortably perched on top in India. Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) -owned WhatsApp now has 70 million active users (MAUs) in India, out of a total global user base of 600 million. WhatsApp’s business head Neeraj Arora announced the latest figures at the INK Conference in Mumbai, PTI reported.

Tencent owns 3 of the world’s 5 biggest social networks

The number of internet users on Earth recently surpassed three billion, and nearly half of them – 1.35 billion – are on Facebook, according to social media agency WeAreSocial. That’s roughly equal to the entire population of China. Ironically, very few of Facebook’s users actually live in China, where the government has blocked the behemoth social network for several years. Tencent reigns supreme instead, taking up three of the top five spots for social platforms with the most monthly active users in the world.

Facebook sets up India Client Council to offer a forum to brands

NEW DELHI: World’s largest social networking site Facebook has set up the India Client Council to offer a forum to brands to share ideas about the future of marketing. The Council includes companies like Tata Motors, Flipkart, Airtel, P&G, Madison World, ICICI Bank, HUL, Micromax and Future Group among others.  Apart from India, Facebook has global, EMEA, Brazil and UK councils.

Asia once again central to Facebook growth as region reaches 426 million monthly active users

Facebook’s newest earnings report (for Q3 2014) reveals yet more strong growth in user numbers across Asia. While Europe and the US and Canada edged up only slightly in terms of monthly active users (MAUs) in the past quarter, Asia spurted from 410 million MAUs in Q2 to a new high of 426 million. Growth in the region’s numbers slipped a bit, but there have been fluctuations before.

Tencent makes a play for China’s Snapchat generation with $20M investment in Blink

Tencent has made a new social play in the same vein as Snapchat to appease China’s “post-90s” youths. The web giant made a fresh US$20 million series A investment into Blink, a new photo sharing and messaging app out of China. Sequoia Capital, H Capital, ZhenFund, and Innovation Works also participated in the round, according to Techweb.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg makes first public appearance speaking in Mandarin

BEIJING: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg impressed during a 30-minute Q&A session at Tsinghua University on Wednesday (Oct 22) when he addressed the crowd and fielded questions in Mandarin. According to a post on his Facebook page, topics discussed during the session included “connecting the world,, innovation and the early days of Facebook”.

Line reaches 30 million users in India, up from 10 million a year ago

Messaging app Line now has 30 million registered users in India, according to the Japan-based company that runs the popular service. That’s up from 10 million Indian users this time last year. The app first rolled out in the country, backed by an expensive TV ad campaign, in June 2013. Line has over 600 million registered users around the world, of whom 170 million are monthly active users.

This company gets 70,000 pretty Japanese girls to tell you the time every minute, every day

If you go to Bijin Tokei  (“the beautiful woman clock”), you will see a carefully selected young Japanese woman holding up a sign that tells the current time. Every minute, the page will refresh – sometimes with a new girl, sometimes with the previous one in a new position. This repeats without stop every minute of everyday, drawing on a roster of 70,000 beautiful Japanese women.

Facebook’s new sticker feature unpopular with Vietnamese netizens

Stickers had previously been available within Facebook’s Messages and Messenger app, but not outside messages. But now, they can be used in Comments as well. “The new feature will not bring anything good, and it will create more spam,” Hoang Anh said, an office worker who reportedly spends 2.5 hours in the evening on Facebook. “It seems that Facebook is trying to create a new communication style, the Doraemon-like style, childish and odd with spam messages,” she said.

Telcos and ecommerce firms dominate social media engagement in Indonesia

Local telco Telkomsel  boasted the top Twitter engagement in Indonesia last month, according to a pair of reports  from social media analytics firm Sotrender . Poland-based Sotrender aims to help businesses understand their social media impacts and make strategy decisions based on real-time data and reports. Its latest frontier is Indonesia. The reports include data on Facebook pages and Twitter profiles across nine categories: automotive, banking, beverages, cosmetics, ecommerce, fashion, food, technology, and telecommunications.

LINE Corp. takes messaging app in new directions before public listing

Free messaging app provider LINE Corp. said it plans to enter new businesses such as music distribution and online bill payment services. The company also disclosed for the first time its monthly number of smartphone messaging service users, putting the figure at 170 million worldwide. LINE was expected to list its stock in Japan or abroad this year, but has put off the plans at least until next year.

IFTTT adds support for Weibo, which makes it a little easier for Chinese to scale the Great Firewall

IFTTT , the useful service that lets you connect your web accounts and automate cross-posting, has just added support for China’s Sina Weibo, the US startup said today . This allows Weibo users to connect the popular social network to an array of stuff, such as automatically sharing cool articles from Pocket to Weibo, or posting a daily weather update to your Weibo. But it also makes it a little easier for Chinese to scale the Great Firewall and post to blocked websites. That might not be IFTTT’s intention, but that’s likely how it’ll be used by at least some people.

As it searches for a path out of Japan, Line bets on manga

Though only three years old, Line is facing the same question that many tech titans in Japan face. How can it expand into English-speaking countries? The company’s messaging app is rampantly popular around the world, with nearly 500 million registered users. However, take a closer look under the hood and find that the app has had limited success with speakers of the global lingua franca. The US, where it claims to have 10 million registered users, ranks last on the company’s list of top 10 markets. Indonesia (second) and India (fourth) also rank but users in those countries are not necessarily speaking English.

How LinkedIn has found a way to do business in China

HONG KONG: For American technology companies from Microsoft to Facebook to Google, China is a difficult, even impossible, place to operate.  But one company, the social network LinkedIn, has found a way to do business — by being willing to compromise on the free expression that is the backbone of life on the Western Internet.  LinkedIn’s experience provides a blueprint, and perhaps a cautionary lesson, for Silicon Valley as it tries to crack the vast Chinese market.

Hong Kong protesters go for FireChat to stay in touch

HONG KONG, Oct 6 — Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators finding it difficult to communicate over congested mobile-phone networks are downloading the application FireChat about 100,000 times a day in an effort to stay connected. Open Garden Inc’s FireChat, which gained popularity during protests this year in Iraq and Taiwan, allows users to send messages using Bluetooth or peer-to-peer Wi-Fi, which is optimal for places where cellular networks are congested.