Here are all of the posts tagged ‘Twitter’.
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.
China’s Lunar New Year TV show gives away cash through social media
In a twist to the traditional red packets that are given out during Lunar New Year, China’s state TV extravaganza gave away cash to viewers via platforms like WeChat and Weibo. The 5-hour Chinese New Year’s Eve TV show gave away RMB 500million in cash during the broadcast by getting viewers to shake their phone when prompted. This made use of WeChat’s existing Shake feature, usually used to find fellow users of the messaging app nearby. Weibo users went through the more conventional route of clicking links.
Google launched a localised version of its YouTube channel for developers in China
Google is continually opening up its Android platform to mobile developers in China, this time announcing the launch of a Chinese version of its Google Developers YouTube channel. This new channel will help the US firm’s move last November (of allowing Chinese developers to earn money via Android apps, although only from users based outside of China since Google Play still remains blocked there) by increasing access to information resources to developers. However, viewers currently require a VPN connection to access the channel.
Google Capital seeks to move into India
Google Capital, an investment arm of the tech giant that focuses on mid-stage technology companies, has set its sights on India. In the first expansion of its kind outside the US, Google Capital has been interviewing candidates for a position to lead their efforts in India – a country that has recently surpassed the US in terms of number of Internet users.
Twitter opens new R&D centre in India
With India set to become Twitter’s largest market after the US (with a projected 40 million users by 2018), it comes as no surprise that they have confirmed to open a new R&D centre in Bangalore, Twitter’s first centre outside of the US. It is likely that the Zipdial team, which they recently acquired last month, will form the basis for the new R&D facility, to develop new Twitter products relevant to users in emerging markets such as India and Indonesia.
Chinese Tinder copy Tantan raises $5m
According to Sina Tech, the Beijing-based app Tantan from Yay Media Labs recently raised $5m in series A funding, in a round led by Bertelsmann Asia Investments. It is an exact carbon copy of Tinder (but with stickers); letting users swipe through location-based profiles, match with mutually interested users, and chat with them. Founders Pan Ying and Wang Yu claimed Tantan has made over 15m matches, seen 20m swipes and sent 1m messages every day.