Here are all of the posts tagged ‘Twitter’.
Twitter acquires Indian startup Zipdial
In a move that indicates greater emphasis on emerging markets, Twitter has bought over Zipdial, an Indian startup that allows users to subscribe to brands’ content without having to connect to the Internet. In order to do so, all users have to do is to give a missed call to a specific number belonging to a brand or service, and they will receive updates. This offline component of the service will be beneficial for Twitter to pursue users in emerging markets, where smartphone penetration and mobile data usage are still low.
Major brands in Indonesia find success on social media
While major brands like Coca-Cola have traditionally been focusing efforts on TV to launch products in Indonesia, marketers are increasingly citing issues like saturation and clutter on TV as reasons to look to Facebook first when planning campaigns. With 37 million daily active users and 71 million monthly active users, Indonesia has one of the largest Facebook users in the world.
WeChat is testing ads
WeChat has started testing ads in ‘Moments’, its (rough) equivalent to Facebook’s News Feed. So far, the network has been reluctant to include advertising; with 468.1 million monthly active users, this could be a big business. Sponsored posts will be marked as ‘promoted’.
Transfer money via Twitter
Indian bank, ICICI, has launched a ‘tweet to pay’ function. Users simply need to follow @icicibank and send a DM containing the recipient’s username and amount to be transferred. The recipient doesn’t need to be an ICICI customer either.
A puzzle game with social features
More than just a puzzle game, Socioball allow players to create their own levels and share it on Twitter. Using Twitter as a level-sharing platform, the gaming app uses the hashtag #socioball to decode image data and make levels created by its players accessible and playable by other users.
— James Heffernan (@jamestothemax8) January 19, 2015
— Gordon (@codegordon) January 16, 2015
Tumblr to create a Chinese version of its platform
Unlike other blogging sites like WordPress and Blogger, Tumblr is still free from China’s Great Firewall, possibly due to the fact that the blogging site is still not known to the masses. However, with Tumblr’s efforts to open itself to the Chinese market, it may soon be subjected to China’s censorship.
UC browser to incorporate real-time Facebook notifications
UC Web’s browser was recently ranked the most popular third-party mobile browser in the world and even ranked above first-party browsers in some key Asian markets such as India and China. As part of its efforts to make the browser more appealing to Facebook users, it will now feature real-time Facebook notifications, and will be the first browser to allow users to receive notifications outside of Facebook’s mobile apps.
WeChat’s investment fund banked US$16 billion in just a year
Since the launch of WeChat‘s online investment fund, the messaging app company has garnered a total of 10 million users in China who have invested a total of US$16.2 billion in just a year. Besides the relatively high interest returns compared to banks, the ease at which users can invest is a strong pull factor.
Daum Kakao, previously known as Kakao Talk, recently wholly acquired Kids Note, an app for kindergartens and daycares to communicate with parents. Among other features, parents can request real-time check ups on their children, whereas teachers can post daily reports and pictures. The company plans to push the app to about 14,000 kindergartens and private daycares in Korea.
Hike, a homegrown Indian instant messenger, has over 35 million users and just recently acquired US-based voice-calling company Zip Phone, a Y Combinator startup. The company plans to launch free voice-calling soon, alongside their biggest rival WhatsApp. This competition will be one to watch, with telecom majors planning to charge customers for data usage on instant messaging and VoIP apps.
Last week during CES, Caesars Entertainment partnered up with WeChat to give tours of THE LINQ‘s smart hotel rooms. With WeChat, visitors could control the lighting, thermostats and curtains in their rooms. Upon arrival at the hotel room, visitors only need to scan a QR code to get the app which operates as an official WeChat account.
China’s 3rd-biggest social app, Momo, launches social network in the States
Momo, a location-based social networks for meeting strangers with similar interests, has backed a new venture in the US – Blupe. Like its Chinese counterpart, Blupe is an English-language app that lets users find people nearby with the same hobbies and interests.
Messaging app Line cuts the revenue share of sticker creators down to 35%
From February 1, Line‘s sticker creators will no longer receive 50% of proceeds from selling their digital stickers though the app. Instead, these creators will only receive 35% of proceeds. Line’s popularisation of stickers in communication was a major contributor to its viral success. Through its Line Creator’s Market program, regular users were given the ability to create and sell stickers. The program generated US$30.5 million in the first six months.
Japanese investors back Lookup, a messaging app for shopping in India
Bangalore-based instant messaging app Lookup just received its third dose of seed funding of US$116,000 from Japan’s leading social games company DeNA and Teruhide Sato (founder of BEENOS group). Lookup functions like a cross between Craiglist and WhatsApp for local businesses, listing merchants, restaurants and even police stations for users to connect with from within the app.
Twitter Indonesia to work with brands on content strategy
With over 20 million active users in Indonesia, Twitter’s opening of a sales office in Indonesia is not unexpected. At the recent Startup Asia Jakarta 2014, Rick Mulia shared that the key focus for the Indonesian office is to include more collaborations with local brands and celebrities as part of its content strategy.
China’s version of Instagram bags US$36 million investment
Ever since China’s block on Instagram, many social networks have surfaced as alternatives to Instagram, including Nice. The social network has been gaining traction as a replacement to Instagram and has recently closed a US$36 million investment from Tiger Global Fund and Vy Capital, according to 36kr. Featuring a bilingual interface aimed at a global audience, the app is simple to use and has sharing options to other apps such as Facebook and WeChat.
Samsung’s ChatOn to shut down
Samsung has announced the end of ChatOn with effect from 1 February 2015, with the exception of US. The chat app that is preinstalled on all Samsung smartphones recorded a total of 100 million registered users in September 2013, significantly lesser than other popular chat apps. Samsung explained that this move is also in the efforts of focusing more on ”health, mobile commerce and other platforms.”
Instagram valued at US$35 billion
The popular photo-sharing app was recently valued by Citigroup at US$35 billion, topping Twitter which is valued at US$23.3 billion. Instagram’s user growth have also been outpacing Twitter, with more than 300 million active users.