Here are all of the posts tagged ‘Twitter’.
Internet.org’s Asia rollout continues in Indonesia
Internet.org has proceeded to launch in Southeast Asia’s most populous nation Indonesia, even in the midst of poor reception in India. The Facebook-backed programme provides internet services to developing countries through a range of free apps and websites. Last week, a group of Indian companies withdrew their support for Internet.org, citing concerns over ‘net neutrality’. They were afraid this would come at the expense of local businesses.
WeChat may soon appear in BMW cars in China
Online messaging in your car is a close possibility, if you’re driving a BMW in China. BMW AG has revealed that it plans to introduce Tencent’s WeChat into its cars in the country. The carmaker says this is coming in response to consumer requests for the app, which currently boasts roughly half a billion active users a month. Ford Motor has also said that its in talks with Tencent to integrate WeChat into their cars.
New business emerge out of Indonesia’s wave of social media ecommerce
Indonesia, the world’s 4th largest market for Facebook, and 5th for Twitter, is seeing innovative new businesses in social media ecommerce. Indonesian users on social networks have been buying and selling on platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. This phenomenon has seen a rise in unique ecommerce businesses that seek to harness this wave. Players such as Shopious, Kleora and Oiffel aggregate content from registered sellers’ Instagram profiles, helping them reach new audiences – a challenge previously faced by sellers.
Amazon aims to deliver groceries in just 2-4 hours in India
Tapping on local family-run convenience stores, known as kirana, Amazon is trying something new in India. With a new hyperlocal delivery service called Amazon KiranaNow, shoppers can get food and other essentials in just a few hours. This service is currently available only on mobile and in one city, Bangalore.
Twitter to open an office in Hong Kong
While Twitter may be blocked in China, that is not stopping them from starting an office in Hong Kong to help Chinese companies grow their businesses overseas. Following Facebook‘s strategy, Twitter’s move is in a bid to grow itself even in markets where it does not have any users.
Snapchat received US$200M in funding by Alibaba
Continuing its investment spree, Alibaba has recently invested US$200 million in American chat app Snapchat. Just last year, Alibaba also invested US$280 million on another American chat app, Tango in line with its broader strategy of expanding its global reach.
Line adds 1.7 million new users a day
Jeanie Han, CEO of Line Euro-Americas, recently shared some stats at the Mobile World Congress that took place last week. During her keynote, she shared that Line currently has over 560 million registered users worldwide, with 1.7 million additional new users every day. Interestingly, she calls Line a “life platform” with 65 different apps including a mobile payment system (Line Pay) and Uber competitor (Line Taxi) that will be coming to more countries soon.
Tokyo-based startup launches VideoSelfie for Android
Just three months after its IOS release, Pocket Supernova recently announced the launch of VideoSelfie for Android. The app allows real-time editing, GIFs, filters and more. With the backing of two new investors, VideoSelfie will be partnering with local celebrities and influencers to expand its growth in Southeast Asia.
Twitter officially opens its Jakarta office
Last Thursday, news broke via Twitter that the social media giant has finally arrived in Jakarta – making it the second largest platform after Facebook to set up shop in Indonesia. The announcement was made from the official account of Twitter Indonesia, @TwitterID as well as by @justmaul, Twitter’s Campaign Manager for Southeast Asia.
— Twitter Indonesia (@TwitterID) March 5, 2015
China’s social network sites remove fake accounts
An estimated 60,000 fake accounts have been removed by Sina Weibo, WeChat and QQ — China’s top social media sites. This comes after the country’s State Internet Information Office (SIIO) implemented new regulations to “promote the healthy development of the internet industry”. These regulations include banning the use of certain nicknames, impersonation accounts of public figures, as well as parody accounts or handles that may be deemed inappropriate.
$2.2 million of Bitcoin red packets sent through WeChat
Using OKLink, WeChat‘s integration with OKCoin‘s mobile wallet, $2.2 million worth of Bitcoin red packets were sent in China during the week-long Chinese New Year holiday. While this amount is a much needed boost to the cryptocurrency, it pales in comparison to the amount of conventional currency that was sent through WeChat. On the eve of Chinese New Year alone, the company reported that 1 billion red packets were sent, although the total amount transacted was not disclosed.