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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #137

by Haiyi Tang in News

#icebucketchallenge goes viral around the world
A hashtag called #icebucketchallenge started trending over the weekend on social media. This tag is associated with a cool challenge, accomplished by dumping a bucket of ice water (or ice cubes) on yourself, then posting and tagging a photo of the feat on social media. Upon completion, challengers nominate 3 people to either follow suit with the challenge or donate $100 USD to the US-based ALS Association (an advocacy, care and research association for ALS).  The ALS association is aiming to utilise the ice bucket challenge to encourage people to pay attention to, or donate for those affected by the disease. There have been more than 118,000 tweets mentioning the #icebucketchallenge in the past 30 days according to Topsy. The ALS Association had subsequently raised $7.6 million in donations over the course of a two-week period–a sum that trumps last year’s $1.4 million raised in the same period.

The ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) ice bucket challenge is now taking over America, and when Mark Zuckerberg nominated Bill Gates for the challenge, he gave him 24 hours.

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Surprisingly, the #icebucketchallenge also went viral in China. The hashtag  has already ranked as the most trending topic in China in just two days. There have been 167,000 discussions and 180 million views on the #icebucketchallenge, reaching 16,000 individuals in China so far. The challenge successfully attracted a massive amount of influencers and celebrities from different industries to challenge the game as well.
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Twitter turns favourites into retweets
According to The Next Web, Twitter has been experimenting with a new feature that turns favourited tweets into retweets on mobile and web versions of the site; this feature has also started to annoy some Twitter users.  A number of users are seeing the tweets they favourited from the brands they follow or the people they follow automatically turned into retweets, and appearing on their Twitter timelines. The Next Web also mentioned that the new feature has impacted some users’ Twitter user experiences, making the users feel frustrated because the retweets are irremovable and appears permanently on their timelines. Twitter appears to be experimenting with many more different features on a regular basis, such as payment and shipping option.

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Sina Weibo grows to 157 million monthly active users 
According to Sina’s Q2 2014 report, the platform has grown to 157 million monthly active users, up by 30 percent in the past 12 months. For daily active users, Sina Weibo has reached 69.7 million. Compared with WeChat, however, Sina Weibo is still far behind WeChat’s massive MAU base of 438 million. WeChat’s dominance may have been strengthened by their recent launch of its first foreign-made game, a WeChat edition of the popular Candy Crush Saga on Android.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #135

by Suhaina Adam in News

WeChat now has nearly 400m monthly active users
In a recent forum, WeChat announced its latest stats achieved at the end of July – 400 million monthly active users (MAUs) and a total of 5.8 million public accounts. More impressively, the brand grows by a daily average of 15 thousand accounts!

WeChat launches special Candy Crush edition
Over the past weekend, Tencent launched its first foreign-made game, a WeChat edition of the popular Candy Crush Saga on Android. This strategic move to rely less on just its in-house games is likely to propel WeChat to greater heights. In Q1 alone, the revenue of mobile games tied to WeChat or QQ amounted to RMB 1.8 billion (US$289 million) which was thrice the amount in end 2013.

Viber claims early lead in Myanmar
As the last large Asian economy to open up, Myanmar is one to watch. Viber announced that it now has 5 million registered users in the country, up from just 2 million users approximately six months ago. This is in line with a survey conducted in June that showed Viber to be the top messaging app in the country, ahead of Facebook Messenger, Skype and Whatsapp. Do you reckon Viber can hold on to their early advantage in this nation of 61 million people?

Instagram launches Bolt
Instagram has launched its second standalone app, Bolt, which it hopes will compete with Snapchat. The two share many similarities – you can send photo/video content with a single tap, annotate it with text and, of course, it disappears once it’s been viewed. However, Bolt is slightly different, as users are limited to a contact list of 20 close friends. It’s been launched in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa first – expect a wider rollout pretty soon.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #134

by Jolene Siow in News

Facebook now makes USD$1 from each of its 410m active users in Asia
Facebook released its Q2 results last week and they contained some impressive numbers. Monthly active users (MAUs) have grown to over 1.3 billion, up from 1.276 billion in Q1, while mobile MAUs now total 1.07 billion (vs. 1.008 billion last quarter).

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In Asia, Facebook now has 410 million monthly active users (up from 339 million in Q2 2013), hitting a new milestone as the average revenue per user (ARPU) crossed the US$41 threshold for the first time.

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The real success, though, is financial. Total revenue has increased to US$2.9bn, the company’s biggest quarterly total, up from US$2.5bn in Q1.

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Ad revenue for the quarter amounted to $2.68bn, of which 62% came through mobile. Indeed 30% of the network’s MAUs access is solely through mobiles or tablets, leading to discussion about the potential for a mobile-only version of Facebook. Ad prices more than doubled last quarter, too, allowing Facebook to increase its revenue while reducing the number of total ads. These figures combined have led to a valuation of $192bn, more than Disney or Toyota, which is 128 times its profits for the whole of last year.

KakaoTalk now has 20 million monthly active users on its social games
With 140 million registered users, KakaoTalk has revealed that their money-making gaming system is working out with 20 million monthly active users on its chat app-connected social games. There are now 520 games that tie into KakaoTalk, including popular titles like Anipang 2, Cookie Run and DragonFlight. However, most of these games are only in Korean, reflecting its failure to expand globally or regionally.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #133

by Melissa Law in News

Alibaba launches new social network
China’s biggest e-commerce company, Alibaba, has launched an Instagram-type social network where users can tag brands that appear in photos. Users can also follow brands and friends, and share their photos on  other social networks like Sina Weibo. The social network, called Fun, is built into Alibaba’s Tmall shopping app and will be available in an update for iOS and Android devices.

Line launches shopping app in Thailand, confirms IPO application
Line seems to be moving away from being just a messaging app, with a new app called Line Shop appearing in Thailand. The standalone app offers a brand-to-consumer experience, connecting users to brick and mortar retailers as well as online retailers. Users can also follow brands and set up chat rooms and direct conversations using their Line accounts. The company has also confirmed that it has applied for IPO in Tokyo, which could value the company at $10 billion.

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Amazon expands Twitter shopping initiative to India
The #AmazonCart shopping initiative is now available in India. The initiative which allows users to order items via Twitter, requires users to connect their Twitter account and their Amazon account. They would then be able to add items to their Amazon cart by replying to any tweet with an Amazon product link using the hashtag #AmazonCart. Amazon previously launched this initiative in the UK and US in May.

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We Are Social Asia Tuesday TuneUp #132

by Cyra Caparros in News

WeChat launches advertising platform
WeChat, the Chinese messaging service, has created an ad platform for brands with over 100,000 followers. Ads will only appear when users click on full-page posts from officials accounts that they already follow. Even then, the ad is not full screen, but shows up at the bottom of the page.

Facebook Messenger is the chat app of choice in the Philippines
While smartphone adoption is rapidly growing in the Philippines, it remains among the lowest in Asia Pacific. According to the new report from OnDevice Research, 80 percent of mobile users in the Philippines are regular Facebook messenger users, leaving behind popular chat apps like WhatsApp, Line and WeChat. Messenger is followed by Viber and Skype which both offer free international calls. This result may be attributed to the huge number of Filipinos working overseas keeping in touch with their families back home.

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LOL Lah! curates top videos across Asia
LOL Lah! is a new site curating the latest lulz-worthy videos across Asia. It aims to be the “hub” for pop culture in the region where people could go to find regional memes, rather than only global memes. LOL Lah is created by Tamara Sanderson, a Singapore-based Google employee and creator of the app Timeaway that lets parents monitor and control their kids’ smartphone or tablet usage. She explains to TechinAsia that she uses YouTube Trends, sorted by country, to find popular new videos. Teaming up with a social media guru in the Philippines, they look for viral content online. According to Sanderson, Asia is one region but each country is very unique. For example, Singapore likes Buzzfeed-esque comedies, India is full of Bollywood favourites and Philippines loves basketball and the Voice Kids clips.

Senti, a social media tool fluent in Filipino and text-speak
Having difficulty listening and monitoring conversations in the Philippines because of the variations of English, Filipino, Taglish, and even text-speak? A new Manila startup, Senti, may be the answer. Senti wants to help companies and brands understand and have a better view of what Filipinos have been talking about online using Filipino, English, Taglish and other variations of the language. “Other variations” include text-speak, beki-speak (gay lingo) and coined words. After consolidating data from different social media streams, Senti uses it to come up with analytics and data insights about products, events and personalities. The startup plans to add the ability to forecast trends in social media in the local context in one of its features in the future. This plan also extends its value to television, where they can detect the type of shows Filipinos watch, for example.

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