Here are all of the posts tagged ‘Tencent Weibo’.
Hail hit Singapore after haze, Oreo stays relevant and clever with “Hail, Oreo”
After a record-breaking haze in Singapore that has made over one fourth of a million people in Singapore voice out on Twitter, another weather surprise, hail hit western part of Singapore on last Tuesday. According to NEA, this is the first time since the last reported hail five years ago. This rarely seen hailstones made people share pictures and video footage on social media. Oreo, known as the brand that has been doing an amazing job of creating hyper-relevant and on trend content to what happens in timely and witty manner, didn’t miss out the chance to get on hail with the Facebook post “Hail, Oreo” brought out within an hour of the initial report came out.
Beijing’s Water Cube change lights based on emotions from users on Weibo
Beijing’s National Aquatics Center built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, also known as Water Cube(水立方), has been turned into an interactive lighting building by collaborative efforts from conceptual artist Jennifer Wen Ma and lighting designer Zheng Jianwei. By using a custom software application, the Water Cube translates emoticons contributed by millions of users of Chinese social networks, Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo into dynamic and interactive lighting experience.
China’s top flirting app, Momo has added new features for monetization
Reported by QQ Net, China’s top dating app, Momo has updated new features in an attempt for monetization. Momo users can enjoy VIP benefits such as extra avatars and following more than 100 people by paying $2 per month or $17 for one year. Without becoming VIP members, users also can buy a variety of stickers using the app’s virtual currency, which is the most of popular chat apps like Line, WeChat and Kakaotalk’s monetization strategy. With 40 million registered users worldwide (The app is available in English for international users), Momo has received $40million funding last summer (There is a rumor that China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba has taken a part). It will be interesting to see how Momo will shape itself to becoming a larger app beyond its niche service to face giants like WeChat.
Nokia uses chat app Nimbuzz for campaigns to reach mobile users in India
Nokia has partnered with India based messaging app Nimbuzz to run its interactive marketing campaigns. With more than 150 million registered users worldwide, similar to Kakaotalk and Line’s service to official account, Nimbuzz offers brands/corporate account mobile marketing channels to engage users through mobile and promote message. The main campaign concept revolves around hosting various quizzes every Sunday and reward top performers with discount or free Nokia related merchandise. With growing competition with local players, Nokia tries to tap into Nimbuzz, a cross-platform service to reach wider user base of not only Nokia phones also rivals’ and feature phone users for higher penetration in the market.
Social more important than keywords for high Google rankings
Searchmetrics’s Rank Correlation 2013 study has discovered that strong social presences correlate to a high ranking on Google. The correlation coefficient, a stat used to measure how close the relationship is between two factors, shows that Google +1s are, unsurprisingly, the most strongly related to a high search ranking, with a coefficient of +0.4. These are followed closely by Facebook shares (+0.34), Pinterest pins (+0.29) and Tweets (+0.28). This far outstrips the importance of keywords; a keyword in the domain name has a correlation of +0.03, down from +0.11 in 2012, while a keyword in the URL has gone down from +0.04 to +0.01 in the same period.
Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest affect purchasing offline as well as on
Four surveys, conducted by Vision Critical with over 5,900 responses, have shown thatsocial networks affect in-store purchasing as much as they do online purchasing. Facebook is the most successful of the 3 at driving both types of behaviour, although it’s worth noting that 1 of every 3 people who bought items they pinned on Pinterest said they hadn’t even thought about buying the item before seeing it on the network.
Online complaints often inspired by vengeance
A study into 2000 social media complaints has produced a number of interesting results about the people who complain online. 30% do so because of ‘negative feelings’, while 23% wish simply to exact vengeance; this group in particular are inclined to complain via social media. There is also a huge discrepancy between those who expect a response (70%) and those who receive on (38%), showing the work still left for brands to do in dealing efficiently with customer service online.
Updates to Facebook hashtags
Earlier this month, Facebook brought hashtags to its desktop site; now, it’s added mobile support and introduced ‘related hashtags’. Now, if you search for something like #equality, you’ll also see the likes of #loveislove, #DOMA and #pride.
The mobile update is, for now, only available on m.facebook.com, with the network’s mobile apps still waiting for hashtags to arrive.
Facebook trying to stop ads appearing next to NSFW content
After furore in May about ads appearing next to content that promoted violence against women, Facebook has taken action to prevent adverts appearing alongside controversial content. Previously, ads (which are targeted by user, not page) had simply appeared across Facebook. From this week, though, Facebook will be using an algorithm to detect pages likely to contain inappropriate content, then having these verified by staff. Those deemed inappropriate will be prevented from having ads appear next to them. There are plans to improve the system already, too. In a blog post, the network stated:
In the coming weeks, we will build a more scalable, automated way to prevent and/or remove ads appearing next to controversial content
Facebook Newsfeed ads 21x as effective as standard web retargeting
Facebook has put a lot of effort into increasing the effectiveness of their ad offering and it seems to be working. Compared to standard web retargeting ads, Newsfeed ads produce twenty-one times the click through rate, amounting to a 77% lower cost-per-action. Meanwhile, the network has doubled the number of stats available to advertisers to measure effectiveness, with reach and frequency measurable by all of the following: unique clicks, unique click-through rates, cost per unique click, cost per 1,000 viewers reached, people taking action due to an ad and mobile/web app installs.
Instagram video takes huge cut of Vine share on Twitter
After a huge initial share of Twitter links, Vine’s share has dropped significantly after the launch of video on Instagram. On the day of the launch, Vine links declined from around 2.5 million to 1.5 million and have continued decreasing since. Instagram links have remained fairly constant (despite Twitter’s blocking of in-tweet Instagram media) and are now higher than Vines for the first time in almost a month.
Updates to Google+ for its 2nd birthday
Happy birthday to Google+! The network has now turned 2 and its creators are celebrating by updating some of its features. Firstly, we have new buttons for follow, share and +1, the first of which is shown below:
Secondly, the following picture depicts the updates to profile and page badges, while G+ communities will also receive their own badges.
Finally, it’s now easier to upload, move and download pictures. A new download feature allows photos to be quickly saved, while uploading and moving has been updated to allow easier shifting of large batches of images.
Check in friends on Foursquare for iOS and Android
Foursqaure’s iOS and Android apps have been updated with the ability to check in your friends. Previously, you could mention friends; now, provided they consent, you can also check them in at a location. If they don’t offer consent, your ‘check in’ will simply appear as a mention. The process is highlighted in the image below.
LinkedIn introduces ‘Who’s Viewed Your Updates?’ feature
LinkedIn has introduced an interesting new feature: a tool that allows users to see who’s viewed their updates, as well as what interaction has occurred from their 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree connections. The system, shown here, includes a simple ‘colour coding’ scheme, allowing users to easily view the effect of their content.
We Are Social create ‘social wine’ campaign for Tesco
We Are Social have created a campaign for Tesco, which asks the supermarket’sFacebook community to produce a ‘social wine’. After having a team of influencers vote on 5 wines, all made from grapes collected by the Enaleni community of South Africa, Tesco’s Facebook fans will be able to suggest names and bottle designs; the winners of each of these competitions will not only have their entries used for the final product, but also win a trip to South Africa.
#MashTag, the social beer
The world of social media has clearly had a boozy week, with Brewdog releasing their socially-designed beer, #Mashtag. Elements of the brew were voted on across a week, from the strength to the flavours included. The result: a 7.5% American Brown Ale, made with New Zealand hops and aged on hazelnuts and oak chips.
Hyatt Hotels link with Postagram
Hyatt Hotels have created a campaign through Postagram, that allows guests to personalise postcards through their social channels and physically send them to friends. Users add a photo and 180-character message to the postcard, then send it to a friend for free – a nice mix of social marketing and a traditional format.
YouTube founders have launched a Chinese version of vine, Wan Pai
ASOS system by YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen has launched their newest app which is similar to Vine, Wan Pai(玩拍). Similar to Vine, Wan Pai also features 6 second video recording and sharing to Chinese social networks like Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo. On top of Vine’s basic app mechanics – holding on to the screen to record and letting go to pause, Wan Pai provides more editing options like adding filters and choosing to include or mute audio and many more. As a part of localization, Wan Pai has made videos to play only when users tap a video instead of letting it stream automatically when users browse videos. This seems to be considerate of Chinese users with limited 3G data plan in the country where users often experience lag. Video sharing apps hasn’t been a hit in China but will Wan Pai be the one to bring in the hype of social video sharing in the market?
Tencent may invest 15% stake in Patimas computers
According to a report by Malaysia news channel Astro AWANI, Tencent, makers of popular Chinese chat app WeChat, plan to invest another 15% of stake in Patimas Computers this week after buying 5 percent stake from the company earlier this year. The deal is with an attempt to enhance Tencent’s service in the South East Asia region. As a provider offering ICT business infrastructure and cloud services in Malaysia, Patimas Computers is expected to facilitate in speeding up the service of WeChat and Tencent’s internet service in the region. This seems in line with its’ plan of opening a new branch in Malaysia. We will need to see how these moves will help Tencent to pave a path to expand its’ presence beyond home ground.
Tencent’s WeChat revealed its’ test version of upgrade to the app
With more than 400million registered users, China’s most popular chat app, WeChat is continuing its’ path to become the best complete mobile communication and social networking app by a consistent upgrades of features. According to QQ Tech who have tried a beta version of the upgraded app, there are some interesting new features added to the app such as enhanced scanning function. Its new feature allows scanning not only products but also your surroundings to help users find anything interesting in the area. In addition to its current “shake” feature that allows users to find people near them or listen to music, the new feature extends its use to videos, identifying video by sound and giving users access to more information of the video. It’s still in beta and an official upgrade hasn’t been announced.
Social media the most common use of smartphones and tablets
Social media is the most common use of smartphones and tablets, according to Nielsen. Smartphone users spend on average 9 hours and 6 minutes on social networks per month, compared to 3 hours and 41 minutes on an iPad. The next most common behaviour is watching videos, on which smartphone users spend 1 hour and 15 minutes, with 1 hour and 11 minutes devoted to sport. iPad users spend slightly more time watching videos: 1 hour and 48 minutes, with 50 minutes worth of sport. Apps are used far more than mobile internet: smartphone users claim to spend 87% of their app/web time using mobile apps.
1 in 3 Americans own a tablet
Research by Pew has found that 1 in 3 Americans now own a tablet, in comparison with just 3% in May 2010. The devices are most popular amongst 35-44 year olds, of whom 49% own one, whilst tablet users are also more likely than the average citizen to live in suburbia and have relatively high levels of education and income. The growth of the US tablet market can be seen in the following graph:
The rise of social TV
The Council for Research Excellence, with the help of 3 Nielsen research groups and Bluefin Labs, has analysed the habits of 6,000 TV viewers and found that social TV seems to be on the rise. 1 in 10 use social media to discuss TV every day, whilst 37% do so at least once a week, with behaviours varying by the type of show. Sci-fi programmes were most popular on social, followed by sports and reality. While reality TV attracts most conversation during broadcast, scripted shows tend to do so after they are aired. Another dichotomy appears between drama and comedy; the former does best around the beginning of the series, whilst the latter tends to peak at the season finale.
Facebook gets the lion’s share of social budgets
The Technorati Media’s 2013 Digital Influence Report has found that 57% of brands’ social media budgets is being spent on Facebook, compared to just 13% on each of YouTube and Twitter.
Facebook introduces highly-anticipated dock to Home
Facebook Home received a few updates last week, the most important of which was a new dock that allows you to store your favourite apps for easier access, in response to criticisms that it was missing from the original launch. Previously, users were required to go through a series of taps to open even their most frequently-used app and Facebook hopes that the increased usability will encourage more Android users to take the system on board. Other updates include the ability to send multiple photos in a single message, as well as stability & memory improvements and bug fixes.
Facebook to significantly simplify ads offering
Facebook is going to make significant changes to its ad offerings, attempting to simplify and streamline the number and types of adverts available. Facebook claims that its key goals are the elimination of redundancies, natural introduction of social context and a more consistent look and feel. The first of these means that products like Questions and Offers will no longer exist, as brands have found that it is much more efficient to use a sponsored post, simply asking a question or adding a link to outperform the respective products. Social context will be naturally included in all posts and ‘Sponsored Stories’ removed as a result, as shown in the below diagram:
Finally, ads will ‘look more consistent’, making the ad creation process simpler for marketers and hopefully creating a more visually immersive experience for users. The changes, which will reduce the number of ad types from 27 to under half that amount, are expected to be introduced gradually over the next 6 months. The move is expected to contribute to the growth of Facebook’s ad revenues to $5.6 billion this year, with roughly $1.5 billion coming from mobile.
Facebook highlighting most engaging posts in admin panel
In another move aimed at assisting brands, Facebook has begun highlighting the most engaging posts in yellow and accompanying them with a star in the page admin panel.
In addition, brand pages are being notified whenever a post performs well, allowing Facebook the option to promote. Once a post is promoted with media spend, a notification is also sent after the budget runs out, alerting admins of the extent to how well the post did and allowing them to better understand post performance.
Tumblr ad exchange ‘inevitable’
Since Yahoo purchased Tumblr for $1.1bn a few weeks back, we’ve been bringing you updates about any potential changes to advertising on the platform. Now, considering the cost of the deal and relatively low advertising revenue from last year ($12 million by most accounts, if not lower) industry professionals have claimed that it’s ‘inevitable’ that Tumblr will introduce an ad exchange. Given the success of Facebook’s FBX and Twitter’s plans to follow suit, this would come as little surprise; the question lies in how Tumblr’s audience are likely to react.
Vine launches on Android, growing faster than Instagram?
Twitter-owned video app Vine launched for Android last week, boasting a number of features from the iOS version, including the same video-creation system, Explore and Find Friends, as well as ‘Zoom’, unique to Android. Users were also assured that other features, including front face camera, search, mentions and hashtags would be released in the coming weeks.
On the day that this was announced, Vine came very close to outdoing Instagram in terms of daily Twitter shares; it did so only 2 days later, with 2.37 million shares, outdoing Instagram’s 2.14 million.
This has led to questions about the comparative growth rates of the two network. When it was launched on Android, Instagram already boasted 30 million monthly active users (MAUs), compared to 13 million for Vine. It only took Vine 5 months to release on Android, compared with 18 months for Instagram, while Vine racked up 10 million MAUs in 3 months, 9 months faster than its rival. Certainly, Vine seems to be flourishing much more rapidly than Instagram did; what remains to be seen is whether this will translate into continued success.
Keek surpasses 45 million users
Vine isn’t the only social video app witnessing rapid growth. Keek has recently surpassed 45 million registered users compared to Vine’s 13 million, of whom 24 million have arrived since the launch of Vine. On top of this, the platform has seen 667 million total visits, 12 billion offered page views, 18 million uploaded videos and 2.2 billion video playbacks. Whilst Vine is currently only available on iPhone and Android, Keek also offers a desktop and Blackberry version, with a Windows phone app on the horizon. This multi-device integration, coupled with the celebrity endorsements that bring in 20% of all viewed Keeks, has surely contributed to the app’s current success.
Foursquare trialling small-business promotion
Foursquare is trialling the ability for small businesses to promote themselves on the network with a “handful” of New York City vendors. The system, previously only available for large, national businesses, allows the promotion of a photo, review or listing, targeted by location and check-in history. Whilst this allegedly makes up ‘phase two’ of Foursquare’s magnetisation strategy, the cautious approach looks to ensure small businesses understand how to use the system, especially considering the relatively low proportion of their marketing budgets small businesses spend on digital: 3% according to a Boston Consulting Group survey.
Snapchat launches version 5.0 amid rumours of new funding
Snapchat has vastly updated its user interface, whilst adding a few new features, with the launch of version 5.0. The new photography screen, shown below, also allows for swipe integration between different parts of the app, which now include in-app profiles along with double-tap to reply and better tools for adding friends.
Meanwhile, just months after raising $13.5 million in funding from Benchmark Capital, Snapchat is looking at another round of income, this time amounting to $100 million. That would give the app an incredibly high valuation, in excess of half a billion dollars.
Zeebox launches social ‘TV Rooms’ service
Zeebox is launching a service called ‘TV Rooms’, which the company describes as “a Facebook to connect TV fans, creators and actors”. Essentially, it is a set of over 4,000 pages, on which fans can discuss TV in real time with those involved with the production of shows. The launch is set to coincide with the 100th episode of ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’, when the host of the show and three of its stars will take to the network to talk about the show with fans.
Pranksters poke holes in Durex campaign
Condom manufacturer Durex recently asked fans to decide of the city most in need of an “emergency condom delivery service”, with the winner receiving a delivery of condoms from Durex staff. However, the voting was hijacked by pranksters, who voted for Batman, a very conservative Muslim city in Turkey, to receive the prize. Unsurprisingly, this was not taken well by the residents of the town and is reminiscent of other social media voting schemes gone wrong – for example, when Justin Bieber was told to play in North Korea and Taylor Swift at a school for the deaf.
Social media and the Turkish uprising
The use of social media and Twitter in particular has soared in Turkey in line with the recent political upheaval. Indeed, there were 2 million tweets between 4pm and 12pm on Friday alone, with over 90% of the tweets on the topic coming from within the country. This is in contrast with Egypt’s use of Twitter during the Arab Spring, when it is estimated that only 30% came from inside the country. The reaction was such that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyib Erdogan decided to get involved; despite holding his own Twitter account with 2.5 million followers, which he updates daily, he is quoted as having said:
Right now, of course, there is this curse called Twitter, all forms of lies are there. This thing called social media is a curse on societies.
(RED) and Mashable team up to break Vine world record
(RED) and Mashable have teamed up to attempt to break the world record for most Vines posted about a single issue. In total, there were over 1,100 original posts and 2,400 RTs, amounting to a total of 129 million potential impressions, as shown in the below graph. Indeed, celebrities such as Bill Gates, Paris Hilton and David Guetta all got involved, along with news sources such as MTV, Wired and VICE magazine.
Full length Rickroll on Vine
The day that Vine was launched on Android, a 16 year old named Will Smidlein managed to deconstruct the app and bypass its 6-second rule and rickroll Vine by posting a full length video of Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. The post was eventually deleted by Twitter and Smidlein apologised to the engineers for wasting their time, saying the stunt was only intended for his friends and followers. Still, a 16 year old who’s heard of Rick Astley. Well done, internet.
Sina Weibo logs 731,102 posts during the first minute of Lunar New Year
TheNextWeb recently reported that Sina Weibo announced a staggering milestone: There was an astounding 731,102 posts in the first minute of Lunar New Year, where users on the Chinese microblogging channel gathered to celebrate the year of the snake. TechInAsia also highlights that this number included an impressive 34,997 posts from the first second alone. The number also illustrates the magnitude of Sina Weibo’s growth in the past year. As TechinAsia reports, this first-minute record is particularly striking given the 481,207 posts that were logged during the last New Year, with the peak clocking in at 32,312 posts per second.
59% of top 100 brands are on Instagram, reaching 5.8M followers
According to a recent study by SimplyMeasured, 59% of the top brands have created accounts on Instagram. The social media analytics company conducted their quarterly study for the third time in February 2013. They found that this comprised an increase from 54% in November 2012, or a QoQ increase of 9%. The study breaks down the platform adoption further, to show that 55% of the top brands have active accounts–meaning they have posted photos via the photo-sharing platform. This also compares favorably, to the 49% of top brands with active Instagram accounts.
But are the top brands on Instagram being noticed? The answer seems to be a resounding “yes”, as their Instagram followers have collectively increased by 41% and engagement by 35% since November 2012. The total number of top-brand followers has increased to 5.8 million users, with 10 of the brands logging over 100,000 followers.
Sina Weibo grew 73%, passed 500 million registered users in 2012
In another report on Sina Weibo, TheNextWeb reported that China’s popular microblogging platform had accumulated over 503 million accounts by the end of last year. Sina CEO Charles Chao also revealed that daily users on the site came to a whopping 46.2 million users as of December 2012. This number expresses an 82% increase year-on-year. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Sina Weibo had only recently reached 400 million registered users late in the year, during the third quarter of 2012. TechInAsia notes, however, that growth has recently slowed down to 9% in the latest quarter. Chao similarly expressed some concern regarding decreases in usage following competitor Tencent WeChat’s growth to 300 million users in the past year. Chao stated that his concerns were ultimately mitigated by the notion that Weibo had reached a size that would inevitably keep itself going and growing–particularly given the increasing adoption of mobile web and “the formation of [an] ecosystem” around the popular platform.
68% of marketers to increase data spend, focus on social media in 2013
eMarketer reports that a majority of marketers are planning to increase spending on data, with the objective of understanding the “surge of data produced by digital interactions with customers.” As the study by Infogroup Targeting Solutions and Yesmail Interactive indicates, 68% of marketers are planning to increase spending. By contrast, 23% had planned to spend the same amount, and only 3% of the respondents planned to decrease spending on data in 2013.
The increasing interest in social media data comes from the findings that followed. When asked about the prospect of using social media data to drive campaigns, a significant portion (78%) of the respondents indicated positive interest. While 42% of respondents reported plans to integrate social media data further, 36% indicated plans to start during 2013.
200,000 users check-in through Jiepang every day
Jiepang currently has 4 million users. While this number pales in comparison to the number of users on social giants like Sina Weibo and Tencent, China’s location-based check-in app is consistently abuzz with activity. As PandoChina notes, Jiepang’s CEO David Liu stated that over 200,000 users checked-in to locations on a daily basis. The Foursquare analogue has been around since 2010 and cultivated a relatively small but strong niche following in the past two years. As of now, the highest number of check-ins stands at 150,631 for a single location–again, somewhat paltry compared to the 1 million check-ins logged by its Western counterpart, Foursquare earlier this month. TechInAsia notes that the road ahead may indeed become difficult for Jiepang, especially given the rapid growth of other social channels in China. It is noted, however, that Jiepang plans to adapt and innovate around potential obstacles by loosening the emphasis on check-ins and increasing focus on social sharing and user content. According to Liu, their revamped app will ultimately take on a Facebook-like appearance as a social network. Ultimately opening up new ways to use the app for its current and prospective users in the upcoming year.
Continuing our series of data snapshots for Social, Digital and Mobile usage worldwide, we’re pleased to share the latest numbers for the different regions around the world.
All indicators show significant growth since last year’s worldwide report, with mobile clearly the driving force for all aspects of our connected lives.
Internet penetration adds an extra 3 points year-on-year to reach exactly one third of the world’s population, posting growth of a quarter of a billion new users in the past 12 months.
Much of this growth has come from ‘developing’ nations, with Asia accounting for a significant proportion of the global growth.
Social media usage is up by almost the same volume, registering an additional 240 million new users in 2012.
However, in markets like China, the biggest shift we’ve been tracking is a change in usage patterns between different platforms, rather than growth in the absolute number of users of social networks.
Facebook continues to dominate the worldwide picture with close to a billion monthly active users, but Chinese platforms take the remaining 4 of the top 5 slots.
Sina and Tencent’s weibo offerings are clearly the biggest success stories over the past year, growing both their registered and active user bases by hundreds of millions.
Google+ has also made big gains since last year, although its 235 million monthly active users don’t quite give it enough weight to achieve ‘Global Top 5′ status. However, with more than 500 million registered users, it’s clear that Google+ has plenty more potential, and is surely one to watch in 2013.
Twitter continues its stellar growth too, passing 200 million active users a couple of months ago. The West’s favourite microblogging platform also passed the half-billion registered users milestone last year, and its popularity shows little sign of slowing.
Vkontakte continues to play an important role in Central and Eastern Europe, with the latest figures suggesting the platform has amassed just shy of 200 million registered users.
Meanwhile, the new breed of ‘Instant Messenger Plus’ platforms like WeChat (Weixin), Line and KakaoTalk look set to change the global social media landscape over the next few months, with Tencent’s WeChat already surpassing 300 million registered users.
The mobile growth story continues to impress, with more than half a billion new subscriptions activated around the world in 2012.
Mobile subscription penetration now exceeds 91% of the world’s population, and although like-for-like data are hard to come by, it seems mobile now reaches at least as many people around the world as television.
All indicators suggest continued growth throughout 2013 too, so the critical question marketers need to answer now is,
“How are we going to integrate all of these opportunities into a consistent and engaging approach that builds real brand value?“
The answers to that question will be central to our posts in the coming months here on the We Are Social blog.
Just how many Twitter users are there in China?
According to a recent study, there are only 18,164 active Twitter users in China. This is in sharp contrast to data released by GlobalWebIndex indicating 35.5 million monthly active users. The huge disparity prompted yet another study of the numbers. The latest study revealed a tiny userbase of about 8,000 active Twitter users in China out of a sample size of 43,784 people who tweeted in Chinese. The pie chart below depicts the global distribution of Chinese-language tweets according to timezone. Have you read other reports with similar figures?
China uses Weibo for quake warnings
Chengdu credits the use of Weibo for advanced warnings as being a contributing factor in reducing earthquake casualties during last week’s quake. The warning system is wired to send messages within five seconds of a shockwave being detected in an area covering 20,000 square kilometres. Emergency usage of Weibo is still in its infancy in Chengdu with less than 1,000 followers. However, with the combined population of one billion registered users on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, social media will increasingly be used as a means to provide people advanced warnings for earthquakes.
Brad Pitt’s the latest celebrity to join Sina Weibo
Hollywood star Brad Pitt is the latest celebrity to jump onto the Sina Weibo bandwagon to a warm reception from Weibo users. Within 2 hours of his first post with the cryptic message, “It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming…”, the actor’s status update received 8,000 comments, 20,000 reposts and acquired 73,000 fans for his verified account. Though Brad Pitt is not the first international movie star to join Weibo, this development is interesting because he’s supposed to be banned from entry into China due to his starring role in the 1997 movie ‘Seven Years in Tibet’. The coming days will reveal if the actor’s foray into the Chinese webosphere is part of a promotional effort for an upcoming movie or if he’s acting as a spokesperson for brands he represents.
Chinese flirting app, Momo, adds check-ins
In an effort to monetise the popular flirting app Momo, the next app update will include check-in features and user-generated listings of local points of interests in a move that challenges similar apps such as Jiepang and Sina Weibo’s ”Places”. The app will also include Instagram-esque photo filters with an intent to use the listings as a source of revenue. The new features will only be available for the Chinese version of the app at the moment as the management plans to keep the international version simple during the market penetration phase.
BitGifting allows friends to pool resources for a prepaid card gift
The days of gifts being tossed out or stuck in a storeroom because they didn’t fit the recipients’ tastes or needs may finally be over. The new BitGifting app allows users in India to send a prepaid card that can be redeemed at any outlet or payment gateway that accepts Visa cards. Users can login using their Facebook accounts or register for a free account onsite. They even have the option of pooling funds with friends for a combined gift. Gift card recipients can opt to receive a physical card or keep it virtual and activate it online after completing a form requesting for their details. The cards remain valid for 12 months after activation. Whilst the reviewer liked the clean interface and ease of use of the app, it is worthy to note that there are fees involved that were not explicitly communicated in the Terms & Conditions or FAQs. BitGifting charges the sender convenience fees while the recipient pays card issuance fees to the partner banks.
Facebook adds audio to Messenger App, tests voice over IP service
In an attempt to become a yet larger part of overall communications, Facebook have introduced voice messaging to their standalone Messenger App for iPhone and Android. Users will be able to send one another voice messages of up to one minute. More interesting is the news that a voice over IP service is being trialled in Canada, which would look to rival the likes of Skype and Voxer. Whilst these services currently have a powerful market share, the ubiquity of Facebook and subsequent convenience mean that this looks a powerful prospect.
Facebook announce changes to allow greater freedom for marketers
Facebook have announced a variety of changes this week, which will look to benefit marketers in a number of ways. Firstly, ‘flexible sentences’ have been enabled for Open Graph activity, allowing brands to alter the text that appears when someone uses their app.
This is set to be complimented by customisable headlines on adverts for pages, apps and events, which already existed for ads that led away from Facebook. This is set to look as follows:
Finally, Facebook are going to begin bundling together any API changes that will break existing code and will release them on a quarterly basis. Previously, Facebook announced these changes individually and gave developers 90 days to make any necessary changes to apps. However, this meant that changes could build up over time and end up with a new alteration needed every month. Now, all changes can be done at once, saving the time of those building for Facebook.
Forcing signups helps Google+ to 105 million unique monthly users
October 2012 figures from comScore have shown that Google+ attracted 105 million unique monthly users, up 60.9% from 65.3 million at the same time last year. This is in comparison with a 4.3% growth from 788.2 to 822.1 million for Facebook. Twitter claimed 182.9 million visitors and LinkedIn 161.9 million. However, the social network is still lagging in terms of mobile visits, with 7 million to Facebook’s 91.3 million. This rise comes during a period of forced signups from Google, with those wishing to use many of the company’s other features being forced to sign up to a Google+ account. For example, you cannot post a review on any Google service without a Google+ account. Perhaps surprisingly, this seems to have helped considerably with the growth of the social network.
Pinterest makes its first acquisition
Pinterest has this week made its first acquisition, a recipe site called Punchfork. The two year old site allows users to share images of food and accompanying recipes, as shown below:
Pinterest has long been used for sharing food and recipe related content and Punchfork’s interface is not a million miles away from the social network’s own. It seems that Pinterest is looking to go deeper into recipe sharing…
Brands marketing with temporary photo sharing apps
Brands have started using apps like Snapchat and Facebook Poke, which allow users to share a photo that auto-erases after a certain amount of time, as part of their marketing. New York Frozen Yoghurt chain 16 Handles, for example, have created a Snapchat campaign called ‘Snappy New Year’, asking customers to share an image of their purchase with the company’s Snapchat account in exchange for a free voucher.
Meanwhile, Delta Lingerie shared a video through Facebook poke. The video, which showed a model putting on the lingerie, was sent to the brand’s Facebook fans and automatically deleted after viewing. Going forward, it will be interesting to monitor how other brands attempt to market on emerging platforms like these.
Polaroid launches ‘Fotobars’, stores for printing your Instagram photos
Polaroid, once the king of instant photography, are attempting to venture into the digital age by creating stores where people can print their Instagram photos. The idea stems from the insight that, whilst many of us have hundreds of photos on our phones, few of these ever see the light of day. The company’s website says that it “offers a very easy, simple and cost-effective process to transform your favorite digital photos from your phone, computer or camera into extraordinary, cherished pieces of art”. It will be interesting to see whether people take to the idea, or if this is a desperate attempt at an appeal to a bygone age.
Hunter create Facebook campaign dependent on the weather
We’re happy announce our first campaign of the year – We Are Social has created a Facebook app giveaway, with daily prizes dependent on the ever changing British weather, for British-based Wellington boot company Hunter. Each day, fans will be asked to create and capture an image basd on the weather in order to win a prize, ranging from a pair of wellies in wet conditions to fleece socks in the snow. The campaign is based on the insight that one of the few good things about bad weather is getting to wear certain beloved winter clothes and it will be intriguing to see how fans engage with it through the coldest month of the year.
Breaking news on Instagram
To fans of UK Premier League football, it will come as no surprise to hear that Frank Lampard may not be at Chelsea next season. However, what is of interest is the way in which club captain John Terry alluded to the news on Instagram, posting an image of the two players holding the FA cup with the text: ”Devastated is an understatement. We should retire the number 8 shirt in honour of Lamps.” It is as yet unclear whether John Terry has ever won the FA cup, or was indeed present in any of the images on his Instagram account.