Posts Tagged ‘Baidu’

Baidu’s Adventure in Japan

November 19, 2008

Perhaps the most discussed topic during my trip in China was Baidu’s decision to enter the Japanese search engine market in January 2008. It was the first thing that came to mind of just about everyone I spoke with on the topic of my study. Following a nearly year long study of Japanese-language search technology and localization, Baidu’s expansion plans were first announced at the end of 2006. In a reaction on earnings for the fourth quarter in February 2007, Robin Li said the company would spend $15 million, 14 percent of Baidu’s total budget in 2007, trying to replicate its home market success in Internet-savvy Japan.

Getting Started in Japan

Earlier in May 2006 Baidu had announced (more…)

Facebook vs. Xiaonei + a lot of questions

August 28, 2008

Nicholas Guan did an interisting test on the popularity of Facebook compared to other market leading SNS in Asia. He based the popularity on the amount of times the SNS were searched for in Google. As Nicholas mentions this could possibly result in a less representative outcome since not Google but Baidu is market leader in China.

There are several spikes in the graph of Facebook users in China. Especially at the end of May there seems to be a sudden interest in Facebook. Also at the end of June of this year it seemed that Facebook was catching up fast during that time. It would be interesting to do a more thorough research on this while taking the popularity of the search engines in a country into account.

Furthermore according to the graph Xiaonei is becoming less popular. So according to this graph it would mean that Chinese netizens are losing interest in both SNS Facebook and Xiaonei! Is there another Chinese SNS that is growing in popularity (51.com, QZone?) or is Social Networking in general becoming oldfashioned in China?

I wonder how much these numbers are influenced by the differences in Baidu and Google users. Are Chinese netizens that use Google instead of Baidu different than their Baidu counterparts? A hypothesis could be that  Chinese Google users are more experienced compared to Baidu users, Chinese Googlers use their Internet more for information rather than entertainment? Anyhow, you can find the full Asia SN popularity test here.

Tangos Chan on the Chinese Internet (Beijing 05/13/2008)

July 29, 2008

This post contains parts of a 2 hour interview I did with Tangos Chan from China Web2.0 Review. Among others I asked him about his views on the globalization of Chinese Internet companies, the future of the Chinese Internet market, and the role of VCs.

Pieter-Paul Walraven: What are your thoughts on Chinese Internet companies going abroad?

Tangos Chan: Actually most of the Chinese companies will not consider a globalization strategy so far because the Chinese market is huge. So if they can serve this market well they could become very big companies. Look at for example Baidu and Tencent. Of course there is also the language barrier. I think an English language service in the US such as Google is automatically a global service because it serves all the English speaking people. In China companies are bound to be a Chinese service.

So I think there a really 2 kinds of services that will consider to go abroad. Firstly it is the very big companies such as (more…)

Packed and ready to go!

April 10, 2008

A nice cup of cha in ChenduTomorrow it is finally happening; I will head off to China for my research! After months of stalking people with interview requests and reading everything I could about Internet in China, I am going to visit some of the most innovative and prominent Chinese Internet companies. I am really looking forward to traveling through China, finally meeting all the people I have corresponded with, and discussing my research with them! The focus of my trip to China for my Masters Thesis research will be on the international ambitions and strategy of Chinese Internet market leaders. (more…)

Proceedings update!

March 2, 2008

Now that I have succesfully started up my correspondence with numerous Chinese companies that I will interview in April and May, I have put some time in catching up with my readings. Furthermore I am currently organizing all the literature I have read up till now and also I am working on a general structure for my thesis.

I have made an appointment coming wednesday (more…)

Baidu vs Google viral

February 21, 2008

A funny viral that nicely illustrates the current situation of foreign Web companies operating in China is this one from Baidu:

Although Baidu does not mention the name of its biggest (more…)

Awaiting Response

February 20, 2008

Web 2.0 in ChinaThree days ago I have e-mailed over 20 companies and experts on my subject and slowly but steadily the responses are dropping in my mailbox. Through some intense Google and blogosphere investigation sessions I have determined some of the most prominent and relevant Chinese Web companies. The determination was loosely based on the following criteria: (more…)