Philippine election lights up social media conversations, citizen engagement

PhilippinesEnterprise Innovation — The presidential election held in the Philippines this week lighted up social media, mainly Twitter and Facebook, as voters and non-voters alike take poll-related conversations online. Facebook said with 22 million people engaged in conversations related to the elections on the social media site, which generated 268 million interactions, makes Filipinos the most engaged Asia-Pacific elections on Facebook to date.

Twitter launches first Asia Pacific #TwitterCity in the Philippines

PhilippinesMarketing Interactive — Twitter launched #TwitterCityPH in the Philippines, the first in Asia Pacific, at the Mind Museum in Taguig, Metro Manila. It is an experiential space showcasing Twitter as the live connection to culture and how Filipinos’ passions have been discovered, shared, and enjoyed more with tweets. Twitter is bullish on the Philippines, one of its fastest growing markets in 2015.

Malaysia’s new Twitter police target critics of Prime Minister Najib Razak

MalaysiaTimes of India — KUALA LUMPUR: Digitally savvy Malaysian police have been taking to social media to issue warnings to critics of scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak in an unusual online campaign that critics say is unlikely to work. Najib is facing the biggest political crisis in his seven-year premiership over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and over deposits of $681 million in his private bank account.

Thailand embarks on mass surveillance of social media

ThailandThailand’s technology crime suppression division has issued a draft procurement document for a system to surveil all public Facebook and Twitter accounts against a target list of up to half a million individuals that can be identified through names, keywords or even facial recognition.

Still doubt social networking sites? Indian SMBs are the largest advertiser on Twitter!

IndiaBusiness Insider — India’s startups are all out there when it comes to penning a success story. And no doubt, social media has been a blessing for them. From reaching out to their potential customers to a light banter against their rivals, startups in India have done this. And this explains why our startups have been topping the chart when it comes to growing their presence on social media giant Twitter.

​China’s Weibo beats Twitter to the 140-character limit lift: Report

China.gifZDNet — Weibo will be allowing users to post up to 2,000 characters, lifting the 140-character limit for its VIP members on January 28, local media has reported. According to the South China Morning Post, under the social media platform’s new directive, posts will display the first 140 characters and users will need to click on a dedicated “enter” button to view the rest of the post.

China has no plans to unblock Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

ChinaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: China’s internet czar, Lu Wei, has announced that the country has no plans to unblock foreign websites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with some news sites. According to CNN, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been courting China quite diligently but there is little sign that his efforts are paying off.

Twitter India’s revenue from promotional video rises

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Twitter is aggressively pushing businesses to use video to promote themselves on the microblogging site and the strategy seems to be paying off. The company said its revenue from the flagship promoted video feature in India shot up fivefold over the last year. Though Twitter did not disclose the total number of such campaigns or brands using it, the auto playing video feature has been attempted by the likes of BMW, Nestle, Cisco, Myntra and Samsung.

Government to Delhi HC: No deals with Facebook, Twitter

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The government has told the Delhi High Court that its media wing and IT departments are using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter by entering into standard agreements and not any formal or separate deals. The government has submitted before the high court that the agreements are “accepted” in ‘click and wrap’ mode wherein assent to the terms and conditions is given by clicking on an ‘OK’ or ‘agree’ button on a dialog box or pop-up window.

Quanta lands server orders from Uber and Wiwynn from Twitter

TaiwanDigi Times — Seeing competition growing fierce, Quanta Computer and Wiwynn, a server subsidiary of Wistron, have turned to target second-tier Internet service providers for orders with Quanta receiving orders from Uber for its datacenter and Wiwynn acquiring orders from Twitter, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Both ODMs declined to comment on their orders or clients.

Twitter launches self-service ads platform for SMBs in India

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Twitter launched the self-service advertising platform to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in India. According to a statement, Twitter has expanded the platform reach of Twitter Ads globally from 33 countries to over 200 countries.  The release said SMBs from India to Iceland can more effectively reach their target audiences on Twitter in 15 languages. In addition, Twitter also announced the total active advertisers, including SMBs to be approximately 100,000.

Twitter opens Asia HQ in Singapore, and it’s hiring big

SingaporeTwitter launched its swanky new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore on Thursday as the microblogging site looks to scale up its presence in the region with more than 100 new jobs. The company plans to add the jobs over the next few years – including data analytics professionals, product specialists and engineering and technology support – to more than double its headcount from 80 staff members currently.

Twitter’s Bengaluru operations to focus on new markets

IndiaBENGALURU: Twitter is chanting the ‘act local’ mantra. The microblogging platform, which acquired Bengaluru-based ZipDial earlier this year for $35 million, plans to ramp up its engineering team here from about 30 people to 50 by year-end. It will also hire a head of growth to get more Indians hooked to its tweets. Twitter’s Bengaluru operations — its second engineering centre after the US — is emerging as a nerve centre for developing products targeted at India and other emerging markets in the rest of Asia, in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Twitter enters China. Well, sort of…

China.gifIt’s now close to six years since Twitter was blocked in China. Although Twitter executives are not expecting the social network to rise from the dead, they’re pushing hard to get it to take off in China – sort of. Headed by Twitter’s Aliza Knox, the social media titan wants to get Chinese tech companies to embrace Twitter as they increasingly expand overseas.

Twitter wooing Indian app developers with Fabric

IndiaBENGALURU: Microblogging site Twitter is wooing Indian developers with Fabric, the company’s free mobile app development suite. “Fabric takes the best of Twitter and exposes it to third parties,” said Arvinder Gujral, head of business development for Twitter in Asia-Pacific. Fabric includes Crashlytics, which lets developers identify bugs, crashes and beta test their apps, and Twitter Kit, for developers to embed tweets natively into their apps.

PM Narendra Modi third-most followed world leader on Twitter: Study

IndiaNEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains the third most followed world leader on the micro-blogging site Twitter while external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is the most followed foreign minister, according to a latest study. Twiplomacy Study 2015, accessed by IANS, showed that Sushma Swaraj is the most followed foreign minister with 2,438,228 followers. She is far ahead of UAE’s Abdullah Bin Zayed (1,608,831) and Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu (376,429).

Twitter’s Jakarta office is now open. Here are 6 reasons why Costolo is focusing on Indonesia

IndonesiaTwitter CEO Dick Costolo visited Indonesia yesterday, officially inaugurating Twitter’s new office in Jakarta. At a Q&A session which also featured Rick Mulia, Twitter’s head of the Indonesia office, and representatives from two of Twitter’s partner programs in Indonesia, Costolo explained the firm’s reasons for turning its attention towards Indonesia.

Twitter opens Indonesia representative office tomorrow, might soon be asked to incorporate

IndonesiaTwitter CEO Dick Costolo visits Indonesia tomorrow for the first time. The purpose of his visit is to inaugurate Twitter’s representative office in Indonesia, which is headed up by Rick Mulia. Costolo will likely also meet with Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo and minister of communications and information technology, Rudiantara. Costolo’s visit comes during a time of mixed messages from Indonesia, as the nation struggles to find a clear position on how it wants to treat massive online content networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and YouTube.

In India, one bad tweet can shut down restaurants

IndiaIn the pre-Masterchef and foodgramming generation of restaurant regulars, a bad experience could be solved, before the night was over, just by screaming at the manager and peace was achievable with a complimentary dessert or a 20% discount. Whether this hassled consumer returned or not, the restaurant went ahead with business as usual. But in 2015, no issue, whether a minor one like the ambience or a serious one like the denial of entry, stays within the walls of the restaurant.

What Twitter Can And Can’t Do In Hong Kong As It Views China

Hong KongHong Kong’s geographic proximity to mainland China belies the gulf in business practices, Internet laws, and access that Twitter will find between the refined transparency of Hong Kong and the nuances and perils of the mainland Chinese Internet sector. Twitter announced plans this week to open an office in Hong Kong. Though the company says it has no intention to enter China, the move to Hong Kong is meant to give the company easier access to advertisers.

Twitter opens office in Hong Kong

Hong KongBEIJING: Twitter has opened a Hong Kong office, its first in the Greater China region, the company whose microblogging services are blocked on the mainland said on Tuesday.  The office, to be headed by Twitter executive Peter Greenberger, will allow the San Francisco-based company to tap China for advertising revenue, the company said, even if internet users on the mainland cannot see those ads.

Hello Indonesia! Twitter officially opens its Jakarta office

IndonesiaIt’s official: Twitter has arrived in Jakarta and opened an office space in the 15th floor of the One Pacific Place office building, SCBD, Jakarta. In November 2014 at our Tech in Asia Jakarta 2014 conference, Rick Mulia, head of business development for Twitter in Indonesia, announced that Twitter would open a local office by early 2015. It seems today he’s made good on that promise. Unsurprisingly, the news first broke via Twitter when the official account of Twitter Indonesia, @TwitterID, sent out its first tweet to the world, Indonesia-style.

Social Media Week in Jakarta offers a chance to hear from Buzzfeed, Twitter, Path and the city government

IndonesiaJakarta 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.

Twitter to acquire Indian startup ZipDial: Report

NEW DELHI: Social networking giant Twitter is in talks to acquire Indian startup ZipDial, as per a new report.  ZipDial, a Bangalore-based mobile VAS company, came into prominence with its implementation of missed calls for user verification and other use cases.  According to a report by TechCrunch, the deal has been already closed with the monetary value ranging between $30 to $40 million. The report cites sources as saying that the formal announcement could take place as soon as this week.

With Twitter-happy police chief in charge, justice is just a tweet away in Bangalore

BENGALURU: Last week,two girls Awere at the receiving end of a discourteous auto driver, who demanded excess fare from them. BC Christopher, an onlooker,flashed a tweet to Police Commissioner MN Reddi on the driver’s rude behaviour. In the next 48 hours,the police closed the case after zeroing in on the driver and booking him. Such instances are several as Bengalureans are discovering that the police help is just a tweet away.

2014 has been extremely newsy for Twitter India

NEW DELHI: From Narendra Modi’s victory to India’s Mars Orbiter, the year has been extremely newsy for Twitter India. While the world sends out over 500 million tweets a day, India’s PM Narendra Modi stood out this year on Twitter in terms of trends, but the Aam Aadmi Party generated the maximum interest in positive as well as negative tweets. Politically, about half of all trends were in support of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In addition to this, the conversation that Mangalyaan’s twitter account had with NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover was one of the most retweeted tweets of 2014.

Here are some of Indonesia’s most memorable tweets in 2014

Indonesians are some of the most frequent users of social media websites, including Twitter. With about 20 million monthly active users, Twitter has become one of the main tools for Indonesians to communicate online, and today the social media giant reveals (via ADdiction) just how significant the tweets coming from Indonesia are. The report showcases the most popular retweets, hashtags, conversations, and accounts in Indonesia.

When will Twitter’s Indonesia office open up?

In general, Indonesians are pretty proud of their social media usage. Perhaps Jakarta’s congested rush hour traffic gives locals more time to play with their smartphones and send out status updates. In June, Twitter confirmed that it has around 20 million active users in Indonesia. Globally, the company has close to 255 million active users, but Jakarta is the most active city on the social network, and 15 percent of the world’s tweets are brewed up in the archipelago.

India is one of our fastest growing market: Twitter

NEW DELHI: Buoyed by the rising penetration of Internet in the country, a top official from Twitter today said India is one of the fastest growing market for the micro-blogging site. The US-based social networking platform said it will be investing more in India, which industry body IAMAI has predicted will surpass the US by December this year in terms of Internet users.

Twitter to set up shop in Hong Kong

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter plans to set up shop in Hong Kong early next year, focusing on ad sales instead of the one-to-many messaging service banned in China. The San Francisco-based service that has served as a platform for dissent and free speech wants to tap into booming growth in Greater China by selling ads to businesses such as exporters. US Internet titans Google and Facebook already have similar strategies in place.