Alex Haechler: China vs USA social networks

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  • 1. CHINESE SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICES VS. AMERICAN SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICES Alex Hächler
  • 2. CONTENT • Social networking services • History • Chinese social networking services • Freedom of expression • Government intervention • Website licence • Comparison • Popularity, largest social networks and mobile app activity • Demonstration: Sina Weibo
  • 3. HISTORY - SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICES Name Type Founded Name Type Founded Qzone Social network 2005 Skype 2003 Renren Social network 2005 VoIP / Instant messaging Tudou Video sharing 2005 Facebook Social network 2004 Youku Video sharing 2006 YouTube Video sharing 2005 Sina Weibo Microblogging & social network 2009 Twitter Microblogging 2006 Whatsapp Mobile messaging 2009 Tencent Weibo Microblogging 2010 WeChat Mobile messaging 2011 Jego VoIP / Instant messaging 2013 Sources from: http://en.wikipedia.org 2013
  • 4. SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE - QZONE • Social network • write blogs, keep diaries, send photos, listen to music and watch videos • 623.3 million registered users (Nov 2013) • Alexa.com (based on qq.com!): • Global rank: 7 • China rank: 2
  • 5. SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE - RENREN • Social network • «Facebook of China», popular amongst college students • 160 million registered users (Dec 2012) • Alexa.com: • Global rank: 608 • China rank: 100
  • 6. SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE - SINA WEIBO • Microblogging (also available in English) • Hybrid between Twitter and Facebook with a limit of 140 Chinese characters • 503 million registered users (Dec 2012) • Alexa.com: • Global rank: 18 • China rank: 7
  • 7. SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE - TUDOU, YOUKU • Video sharing • «YouTubes of China» • 96 million registered users (Jan 2012) ), Youku: 50 million (Mar 2012) • Alexa.com (Tudou): • Global rank: 480 • China rank: 71 • Alexa.com (Youku): • Global rank: 84 • China rank: 17
  • 8. SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE - TENCENT WEIBO • Microblogging (also available in English) • Similar to Twitter with a limit of 140 Chinese characters • 540 million registered users (Dec 2012) • Alexa.com (based on qq.com!) : • Global rank: 7 • China rank: 2
  • 9. SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE - WECHAT • Mobile messaging (also available in English) • «Whatsapp of China» • 300 million registered users (Jan 2013)
  • 10. SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE - JEGO • VoIP / Instant messaging (also available in English) • «Skype of China» • Recently launched by China Mobile in June 2013
  • 11. FREEDOM – GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION • Facebook and Twitter were blocked by Beijing's firewall in mid-2009 • China has the largest recorded number of imprisoned cyber-dissidents in the world. Some of the reasons: • Communicating with groups abroad • Signing online petitions • Calling for reform • Calling for an end to corruption • Government forces to employ teams of internal censors • prevent criticism of the government and social unrest
  • 12. FREEDOM – GOVERNMENT WEBSITE LICENCE
  • 13. FREEDOM – EN.GREATFIRE.ORG
  • 14. COMPARISON – LARGEST SOCIAL NETWORKS in million monthly active users (unless indicated otherwise) * = total users 1400 1200 1,155 1,000 1000 712 800 500 600 350 327 300 275 400 240 236 220 184 175150 114 200 54 50 45 44 40 40 31 30 20 0 Source: adapted from http://www.businessinsider.com/a-global-social-media-census-2013-10
  • 15. COMPARISON - POPULARITY monthly active users 1,400 1,200 1,150 1,000 in million 1,000 800 600 500 400 200 289 350 236 54 240 220 81 0 Sources: adapted from intelligence.businessinsider.com: November 2013, * forbes.com: July 2012, **online.wsj.com: October 2013
  • 16. COMPARISON - MOBILE SOCIAL APP ACTIVITY Top 10 - mobile social apps amount of active users in December 2013 in China Qzone Baidu Tieba Renren Facebook Kakao Story Pengyou.com Tianya Mobile Tianya Community Mobile Imbang zhihu 211.03 61.16 35.59 4.99 4.03 2.5 2 1.97 1.79 1.73 in million Source: adapted from enfodesk, China Internet Watch 2013
  • 17. DEMONSTRATION: SINA WEIBO
  • 18. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!
  • 19. SOURCES 1/2 • • • • • • • • • • • • www.alexa.com (for all social networks) 15.01.2014 http://antictrl.com/chapter-7-1-impact-of-journalists-and-cyberdissidents 30.01.2014 http://blog.factbrowser.com/tag/youku 15.01.2014 http://www.chinainternetwatch.com/tag/qzone 15.01.2014 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2431861/China-lifts-ban-Facebook-people-living-working-small-area-Shanghai.html 03.02.2014 http://www.digitalelement.com/press_room/Tudou_deploys_hyperlocal_geolocatio n_technology.html 18.01.2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qzone 15.01.2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renren 15.01.2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tencent_Weibo 15.01.2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tudou 15.01.2014 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WeChat 15.01.2014 http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youku 15.01.2014
  • 20. SOURCES 2/2 • http://www.internetfreedom.org/Background#Firewall_of_Shame 24.01.2014 • http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/08/13/chinas-twitter-like-sina-weiboservice-now-has-over-50-million-active-users-per-day/#!tRg36 18.01.2014 • http://www.techinasia.com/tencent-weibo-registered-users-540-million/ 17.01.2014 • http://techrice.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Slide11.jpg 19.01.2014 • http://www.weibo.com/u/5021904851/home?wvr=5&uut=fin&from=reg 15.01.2014
  • 21. IMAGE SOURCES • http://flagpedia.net/data/flags/normal/cn.png • http://flagpedia.net/data/flags/normal/us.png • http://raitamaa.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/qzone.png • http://www.language-trainers.de/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/weibo-tencent.png • http://was-de.wascdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Wechat-logo-315x315.png • http://www.kjr-bgl.de/userdata/others/Facebook-Icon.png • http://www.brookwood.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/twitter.png • http://graphics8.nytimes.com/newsgraphics/2013/07/31/startups-explorer/81401f9ca5ce61eb42e47e9a6f5756338086bd21/imgs/logos/whatsapp.png • http://files.softicons.com/download/social-media-icons/social-bookmarks-icon-set-by-yootheme/png/128x128/social_skype_box_blue.png • http://www.cse.ust.hk/~bwuaa/image/renren_icon.png • http://www.ciefcci.org/zh/images/yootheme/menu/weibo.gif • http://www.digitalintheround.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/paris-hilton-sina-weibo.png • http://s3.amazonaws.com/crunchbase_prod_assets/assets/images/original/0001/6516/16516v1.png • http://ascportfolios.org/chinaandmedia/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/100217235565a51910767283b5.jpg • http://marketingtochina.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/like_facebook_chine.jpg • http://meedan.org/wp-content/uploads/tencent.weibo_.screenshot.jpg • http://www.oneclickroot.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/WECHAT-1.jpg • http://cdn3.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/11/Jego-1.png • http://www.hdicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/youtube_icon.png • http://healthscopeasia.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/youku_logo2.png • http://www.userlogos.org/files/logos/Karmody/tudou_Iphone01.png • http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/files/2013/01/WMSN1212_1024-730x514.png