Posts Tagged ‘China’

PICNIC Special on Social Gaming

October 4, 2008

Facebook + gamingA PICNIC special that I was particularly interested in on Friday was the Games go Social organized by Ex Machina, an Amsterdam based company that enables social gaming across mobile, web and broadcast. As described in the PICNIC program guide the session was promising: industry leaders, interesting case studies and panel discussions with visionaires were planned to give attenders a deep insight into the future of Social Networking (SN) and gaming.

The special started of with an interesting and clear presentation from Kristian Segerstrale, CEO Playfish, a social games company. Based on deep insights in both the gaming and SN market he was able to express why social gaming is the next logical step for both industries. In order to increase the life cycle of existing SNs such as Facebook and MySpace they have to improve constantly otherwise users will not come back and get bored of the service, social gaming will make the users come back. Kristian argued that the gaming industry is missing out a large piece of the market because there are a lot of emotions that the gaming industry has not tapped in yet, namely (more…)

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Chinese Language and Interface Design

September 16, 2008

While in most Western languages vertical lists are perceived as easier to use, given the writing and reading orientations, research has indicated that for Chinese users a horizontal menu in either English or Chinese is more effective. This makes sense because the writing and reading flow – the intrinsic reading and writing directions of the language – in the Chinese language is mostly vertical, from top to bottom. As a result of the different reading flow native Chinese netizens will scan a screen differently from netizens that have been raised with the Roman system.

The screenshots below show the the basic interface structure of (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.

Patterns in China’s Economic Development

June 20, 2008

\'four tigers\'

The emergence of the Chinese economy has many similarities with the past emergence of the Japan and the ‘four Asian Tigers’ Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Republic of Korea. Even though there are major differences in the economical climate for these tigers they have all gone through a certain development pattern in order to sustain their growth. Private domestic investment, combined with rapidly growing human capital, were the principal engines for growth.

Chronologically their development pattern looked something like this: (more…)

Earthquake and Stock Prices

May 23, 2008

Last week China went through three days of national mourning for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. As I mentioned in my previous post major portals as Sina, Sohu, and Netease decided to show their content in black and white and were limited to news only. Entertainment websites had to cope with the mourning more drastically: during the 3 days the government restricted access to entertainment content both on the Internet and broadcast media. China-Daily reported the following about it: “All public amusements will be suspended for three days from Monday.”

Perfect World:PW stocks plunge because of the mourning?

 

 

 

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Back home with a bag full of interviews

May 19, 2008

Keeping up with the latest earthquake newsI am back in the Netherlands after a very succesfull time in China. What a great 5 weeks it was! When I look at my extensive business card collection I realise how lucky I am, how many people I actually met, and companies I visited; its almost unreal! Now that I am back it is time to structure and process all the data I have sucked in, and it is a lot:

I have collected around 25 hours of interviews, nearly 5 kilos of booksleafletsreportsanalyses, and a fortune worth of digital reports made by some prominent research companies. Furthermore I have a lot of new Facebook and LinkedIn contacts, around 150 pictures, AND, last but not least, a (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…)

Chinese low-wage workers disloyal for a reason

February 26, 2008

Fast Boat to ChinaI am currently reading a lot for my research and an interesting book I finished today is Fast Boat to China from Andrew Ross. In Fast Boat to China Andrew approaches the global outsourcing trend in a different way than most other writers on this subject (for example Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat). He has taken a surprisingly fresh look by gathering information not only in the countries that are relocating their factories to elsewhere, but mainly from foreign-invested companies based in China. A year long Andrew has interviewed enterprises in Shanghai and the Yangtze Delta. (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…)