Here are all of the posts tagged ‘Twitter’.
India’s prime minister joins Instagram
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian head of state joined Instagram yesterday. His first post was a photograph of the ASEAN Summit venue in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, and he had 94,621 followers on Instagram within less than 24 hours. Since the president of Indonesia, Joko Widodo won the election this year by strategically reaching out to more tech-savvy youth for support, social media has increasingly started to play a significant role among politicians. Compared to his Instagram followers, currently Modi is the most-followed politician in India, with 7.82 million followers on Twitter. On the other hand, Modi’s Facebook page has 24,598,120 likes, and he has 250,384 followers on LinkedIn.
WeChat reaches 468 million monthly active users
Tencent who recently published its latest data for WeChat, the largest chat app giant in Asia, now has 468.1million active users in Q3 2014. In comparison with its 438 million MAUs in Q2, it seems like WeChat has slowed down its growth this year with only 6.8% quarterly growth from Q2 to Q3 2014. Its Q3 report again did not indicate the actual number of active users outside of China, unlike WeChat which is now widely used in countries like India, Indonesia, Philippine and across Latin America.
Here are a few other highlights from Tencent’s Q3 earnings report:
- Smart device MAU of QQ was 542 million, an increase of 36% YoY.
- Combined MAU of Weixin and WeChat were 468 million, an increase of 39% YoY.
- MAU of Qzone was 629 million, an increase of 1% YoY.
- Smart device MAU of Qzone was 506 million, an increase of 26% YoY.
Line’s short film #AADC2014 goes viral
Ada apa dengan cinta (“What’s up with Love”) was a hit 2002 romantic drama film in Indonesia that saw a mini sequel on YouTube last week, thanks to Line. The video was meant to promote Line’s Alumni feature where long lost friends can reconnect. It garnered over 2.6 million views on YouTube in just 5 days and the hashtag #AADC2014 became one of the highest trending topics in Indonesia last week.
Brands were also quick to piggyback on the video’s virality with their own tweets and memes…
Twitter to set up office in HK next year
In a couple of months, Twitter will be opening its Hong Kong office despite being blocked in Mainland China to focus on ad sales. The platform is looking to tap into the advertising demand from Chinese companies who may want to reach the global audience such as the likes of Alibaba, Lenovo and Xiaomi. Aside from its existing Asian offices in Seoul, Tokyo and Singapore, they also plan to set up another in Jakarta.
Line has reached 30 million users in India
Line has been growing rapidly in Asia recently. According to the Japan-based company that runs the popular service, Line has just reached 30 million users in India. This is compared to the 10 million it reached in October of last year. In order to increase its fan base on a ongoing basis, Line has recently partnered with Groupon and Japong, the messaging app is now able to offer deals and discounts to its Indian users. However, Line is still facing strong competition from Whatsapp and Facebook massager in India. According to Whatsapp, it announced that it reached 60 million active users in the nation in August.
Social media celebrates inauguration of president Jokowi
Social media is playing a dominating role in the Indonesia’s election this year. A successful example is that the election campaign of Mr. Widodo, during which the new president leveraged the major impact of social media to garner great support from a network of tech-savvy youth. There are millions of Indonesians who frequently access social media platforms, and so it comes as no surprise that more than one million tweets between Sunday afternoon and Monday were related to the presidential inauguration of Indonesia’s Joko Widodo. The president of Indonesia currently has 4.8 million “likes” on Facebook and 2.45 million followers on Twitter, and President Jokowi was the top trending term on Twitter on the day of his inauguration. According to Twitter, there were nearly 95 million election-related tweets from Indonesia between July’s election and the start of the year.
Line announces slew of new services
After news last week that Line will offer a personal finance app by Spring 2015, the company’s COO has announced at the Line Conference Tokyo 2014 that it is offering even more services. Driven by the company’s vision to become “the smartphone gateway for your life”, Line is offering a new payment application (Line Pay), a taxi-booking service (Line Taxi) and a delivery service (Line Wow).
Line Pay will allow users to purchase items on their mobile devices or PCs, but also includes the ability to transfer cash to each other without providing their bank account information. Line Pay, Line Taxi and Line Wow will be rolled out in Japan first, with global rollout expected as early as next year.
In addition, the company also revealed that it currently has 170 million monthly active users, out of 560 million registered users. Based on the number of registered users, its top 5 regions are Japan (54M), Thailand (33M), Indonesia (30M), Spain (18M) and Taiwan (17M).
Luxury brands using WhatsApp to reach consumers in India
Cartier, Armani, Diesel and other luxury brands are now using WhatsApp to promote, sell and offer aftersales services to its consumers in India. The instant messaging app allows these brands to offer personalised services by sending pictures, videos and other promotional materials, resulting in conversion rates that reach as high as 80%. In August 2014, WhatsApp was reported to have 60 million monthly active users in India.
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Singapore’s BCF encourages social media platforms to join their campaign
With the tagline “If only you checked your breasts as often,” the Breast Cancer Foundation of Singapore launched an online campaign to appeal to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to use their version of logos next month to support the Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. “Together we’re stronger,” this appeal hopefully will remind women to check their breasts regularly. Read more about the campaign in BCF’s website.
Kakao launches KakaoPick and KakaoTopic
Following our report on Kakao’s announcement to launch its own local news services and weeks after launching a payment service, South Korea’s top chat app launches KakaoTopic and KakaoPick.
KakaoTopic aggregates content that offers a personal touch based on user-selected interests as well as the most relevant social media content. Various content from a wide-range of sources are available. Users can also browse 13 categories including the Social sections that shows the most talked about content from social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Kakao story.
KakaoPick is a mobile commerce that lets users earn savings by sharing shopping information with their friends who will also receive discounts on the same item. KakaoPick groups brands and products by theme which are all hand-picked by Kakao’s expert buyers.
According to Kakao’s Blog, the Beta version is currently available to Android users but it has been announced that the iOS version will be released by the end of 2014.
Facebook adds stickers to comments but only to users in Japan
Facebook Stickers that are previously only available when sending messages are now the new addition to the Facebook main page. Facebook users in Japan noticed a new feature flooding their Newsfeeds- stickers are in the comments section of posts.
The feature is said to be only available to users in Japan but according to Tech in Asia, some of their staffs were able to comment with stickers on posts made by users who are located in Japan.