Last night I was tipped off by a follow Sunny from the Chinese tech blog Tech2IPO on Renren’s forthcoming new interface, “Renren 6.0″. If you have been following my posts, you would realize by now I don’t have place much stock in Renren’s user experience, the result of its current user interface. But after this recommendation from a friend, I checked out the new version. My first reaction is that this is what they should have done years ago.
Internet giant Tencent (0700.HK) has invested ‘at least’ 100 million in the failing SNS Kaixin001 (开心网), according to Chinese media reports. This is perhaps an ideal partial exit for Kaixin001′s team, with the site’s traffic falling precipitously since its meteoric heights in 2009.
No deal is officially signed yet, though both companies have came to a rough agreement: Tencent will be a strategic investor providing financial and technical support. Kaixin001 will remain independent, a standalone operation with its own management holding a majority of voting power.
On June 29, I checked out Turntable.fm and loved it. As Turntable’s lighting up the Valley at the moment, I immediately asked on Sina Weibo, “Where’s the Chinese clone?” Duomi.fm (多米DJ) has now fulfilled my ‘wish’.
The site, currently in closed beta, seems to shamelessly clone every aspect of Turntable.fm. DoNews has posted screenshots (below) by way of geek social network DoNews 5G. Pixel-by-pixel UI copying (of the now outdated version of Turntable.fm)–must we really?
The truth internet companies are terribly secretive about some of the key figures of their social sites that included the number of total registered users and the most crucial one, monthly active users. When figures are released they tended to be out of proportion or simply down right false. Then how do we know if these sites are active or not, especially compared to their competitors? Well, one important aspect of socializing online is sharing contents to your friends and I have compiled data from China’s top social button provider Jiathis.com from the last six months to show the trend of activeness of the top 5 social sites: QZone, Tencent Weibo, Sina Weibo, Renren and Kaixin001.
Copy2China is exactly what it sounds like: A Chinese company clones a foreign website or business. Most clones start with ‘perfection’ (an exact replica) though many later evolve in their own direction.
But for foreign sites, knowing that you’re cloned in China and observing the clones can provide insights to China, ranging from product localization to user reactions. With that in mind, I present Shanzhai Factory as a review of the state of C2C in China.
Douban (豆瓣), China’s homegrown social network, is rumored to have closed a third round of financing for $50 million.
Since posting our inside look at this disruptive SNS, we’ve found four independent sources with secondhand reports of a “3rd, monster round.” That’d be a strong rumor campaign to manufacture, although not unheard of in the Chinese internet industry.
The good folks at CIC, a research company focused on Chinese social media (full disclosure: also my internship host), have produced a stunning infographic of the social services for 10 top internet companies.
Chinese internet giants often try to be everything to everybody (mission creep, anyone?) and this infographic lays out the wide range of products they attempt.
“When God fills your left hand, he will secretly take from your right hand.” This is a self-profile by Diandian founder Jack Xu. Xu was on the team of ChinaRen, a first generation SNS in China. He was later at the team who later again was on the team of Xiaonei which became Renren and enlisted in U.S. He was enrolled into Tsinghua University majored in computer science at the age of 16, before Tsinghua he had no idea what a computer looked like, today he is at the core of the internet industry in China.
Public pages are a key feature of SNS. And I previously reported on Sina Weibo’s interest-based pages (e.g., NBA) that also serve as a strong channel for brand content.
Now Sina Weibo is bringing that feature to the masses with Enterprise Edition, that includes verified brand user profiles. Profiles are completely customizable with widgets and even branded eCommerce applications, and closely resemble the public pages on Renren.
Renren was enlisted 4th May 2011 on the New York Stock Exchange, their were the first social network (SNS) to be publicly enlisted, not mention to many of the U.S investors Renren is a foreign company operating a SNS in a country that even their mighty Facebook has failed. A month later as appreciation to the people who supported Renren through it’s years of hardships, a IPO Celebration Party was hosted in Shanghai, of which I was honored by an invitation.
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