15. December 2010
Tencent, the largest Internet company in China and best known for their instant messenger product QQ, today announced the launch of version 1 of their QQ International (QQi 1.0) IM. The international version of China’s most popular IM is now available in English, Japanese and French and is intended for users worldwide to connect with their Chinese friends, clients, customers, or just about anyone anywhere in the world. The client can be downloaded for Windows based PCs at www.imqq.com....
03. August 2010
Our portfolio company BloggerInsight has just released a new report titled: "China's Top 10 Social Games and the Top Social Networks." It is packed with must-read info for developers, publishers, and investors. You can find a free preview here: http://www.chinasocialgames.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Preview.pdf For our Web2Asia readers we can offer an exclusive, limited-time offer to buy the report at a promotional price of $690 USD. The standard price is $990 USD. Purchase link:...
12. November 2009
The Chinese Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) yesterday released its latest report (Chinese only) covering the usage of online social networks in the Middle Kingdom. Before highlighting some of the key findings its important to keep in mind several points: The survey was conducted in July 2009 via telephone and does not recognize recent developments such as e.g. the block of Facebook in China (in the introduction for example, the report talks about Facebook launching a Chinese version...
26. October 2009
Asiajin has an interesting post on Chinese game developers infiltrating Japan's largest online social network Mixi. And yes: its farm games :-) Mixi's no 1 ranked app currently is Sunshine Farm by Chinese developer Rekoo. The game reached two million users in less than two months since its launch. On no 3 is already the next China-developed game Everyone’s Farm with 500,000 users by Yicha.
23. September 2009
Heres another China Tech CEO interview from our Geeks on a Plane participant Adrian Bye. Adrian is from MeetInnovators, where he publishes interviews with founders and CEOs of web-based companies. The full transcript and mp3 files of this interview can be downloaded on Adrians CEO interview ressource http://www.MeetInnovators.com here.
07. August 2009
Oak Pacific Interactive Chairmain Joe Chen announced this week to change the name of popular Chinese social networking website Xiaonei.com to Renren.com. Xiaonei.com's literal meaning ('inside school') highlights the fact that it was originally designed as a platform for graduates to keep in touch. However this also proved to be a barrier for extending its user base beyond students. Ren Ren Wang now seeks to attract a wider audience by literally meaning 'everybody's web'.
31. July 2009
Web2Asia is happy to invite you to the Social Networking World Forum Asia taking place at the Grand Hyatt in Singapore on September 22nd and 23rd 2009. Our co-founder George Godula will attend the conference as a speaker in the panel "Benchmarking advertising on social networks" to talk about advertising on Chinese online social networks. Conference highlights include: Two day event dedicated to social networking Featuring key speakers from social networking publishers, advertising agencies,...
07. July 2009
As of today 8pm Chinese time Facebook seems not to be accessible from most parts of China Mainland anymore. On the China Telecom connection of our Shanghai office the service vanished around 7:45pm. In Beijing and Guangzhou the service is blocked as well, only Hong Kong reports that they can still access the website.
07. July 2009
Two interesting developments in the East Asian Internet scene came up early this July: Our friends at Web20Asia.com and Asiajian report that Korean Search Giant Naver has opened its new Japanese version to 5,000 beta testers. The company had previously tried to crack the Japanese market but gave up on their first attempt in 2005. Naver is by far Koreas most popular search engine with way over 70% domestic market share. The company is regarded as a true pioneer in search and developed many...
27. June 2009
Today was the second Shanghai Facebook Developer Garage. Congratulations to organizer David Li for a full house at M1NT club and the following great speakers: Wei Zhu, Platform Engineer, Facebook Platform Are Mack Growen, Director, Playfish China, Design of Social Game Ellison Gao, CEO, Five Minutes, Development of Facebook Application Zhang Lijun, Openapilabs Use fbopen for SNS extension Wang Lin, Platform Architect, Taobao, Shop on Facebook, open platform mashup Loc Le, Director of Technology...