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December 23 2009

Baidu’s New Ads System is Still Old

Baidu adsOn December 1st, 2009, Baidu closed its previous paid search ads system, and fully switched into the new Phoenix Nest system. But on December, we found that the concept of the new system is still old.

Traditionally, Baidu made its paid search listings on its search result pages, most of the users of the search engine cannot differentiate ads from organic search results. They are confused by paid and non-paid results.

In Nov 2008, China Central Television (“CCTV”), the largest state-owned television network in China, reported that Baidu took money from illegal medical companies for paid search results. The more they pay, the higher up their name appear in the search results page. The paid search results undermined the integrity of the search experience.

Immediately after that, Baidu announced that it would introduce a new ads system, i.e. Phoenix Nest, which will more clearly separates its paid links from ordinary search results. In April 2009, Baidu pilot launched its new ads system. Phonenix Nest system is a totally new system in terms of advertising management, it is very similar to Google’s Adwords system. As to the media reports on Phoenix Nest, on its new system, the sponsored results will only be listed on the right of the search results pages, and separated from organic results.

In Nov, Baidu announced that the old ads system will be totally replaced by Phoenix Nest on Dec 1st. On a report by China Daily on Nov 30, it said, “the new stem will clearly distinguish search ads from normal, or organic, search results. That means the controversial keyword advertising bidding system is going to step off the stage”.

However, on Dec 1st., I found that you can still see paid results mixed with non-paid results, just as previously. This new system still allow ads to be listed on the left, even though you need to refine the quality of your ads text to make it qualified to be listed on the left.

The new Phoenix Nest is still old in terms of its underlying paid search concept. An ordinary search users can still be confused by paid ads and non-paid search results.

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Post tags: Baidu, Phonenix Nest

Baidu’s New Ads System is Still Old

Baidu adsOn December 1st, 2009, Baidu closed its previous paid search ads system, and fully switched into the new Phoenix Nest system. But on December, we found that the concept of the new system is still old.

Traditionally, Baidu made its paid search listings on its search result pages, most of the users of the search engine cannot differentiate ads from organic search results. They are confused by paid and non-paid results.

In Nov 2008, China Central Television (”CCTV”), the largest state-owned television network in China, reported that Baidu took money from illegal medical companies for paid search results. The more they pay, the higher up their name appear in the search results page. The paid search results undermined the integrity of the search experience.

Immediately after that, Baidu announced that it would introduce a new ads system, i.e. Phoenix Nest, which will more clearly separates its paid links from ordinary search results. In April 2009, Baidu pilot launched its new ads system. Phonenix Nest system is a totally new system in terms of advertising management, it is very similar to Google’s Adwords system. As to the media reports on Phoenix Nest, on its new system, the sponsored results will only be listed on the right of the search results pages, and separated from organic results.

In Nov, Baidu announced that the old ads system will be totally replaced by Phoenix Nest on Dec 1st. On a report by China Daily on Nov 30, it said, “the new stem will clearly distinguish search ads from normal, or organic, search results. That means the controversial keyword advertising bidding system is going to step off the stage”.

However, on Dec 1st., I found that you can still see paid results mixed with non-paid results, just as previously. This new system still allow ads to be listed on the left, even though you need to refine the quality of your ads text to make it qualified to be listed on the left.

The new Phoenix Nest is still old in terms of its underlying paid search concept. An ordinary search users can still be confused by paid ads and non-paid search results.


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Post tags: Baidu, Phonenix Nest

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December 16 2009

ChinaMode Awards Now Open to Nominate

ChinaMode Awards, the annual awards on tech industry co-hosted by 14 Chinese tech bloggers, is open to nomination now.

In this year’s ChinaMode, we have 7 categories for nomination, including Best Internet Applications, Best User-Experience Applications, Most Promising Applications, Best Mobile Applications, Best Overseas Internet Applications, Tech Person of the Year and Best BBS/Online Forum. You can nominate your favorite applications on ChinaMode’s website, it is only in Chinese. And we will have a Best Overall Application of the Year, selected by our observers and hosting bloggers.

We are proudly to have 10 observers on board, including Keso, the most prestigious tech blogger in China, Hu Yong, a famous professor in Peking University with researches on digital media, Hu Yanping, Director of DCCI, Niu Wenwen, Chief Editor of The Founder, Jui Tan, Partner of BlueRun Ventures, Harry Man, Partner of Matrix Partners, George Liu, famous Taiwan tech blogger, Richard Macmanus, Founder of Read/Write Web, Patrice Nordey, Managing Director of Aisa L’Atelier-BNP Paribas Group, and Netanel Jacobsson, ex-International BD Director of Facebook,

Let’s start to nominate companies, applications and people you think deserve it, and make ChinaMode rock!

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Post tags: awards, ChinaMode

ChinaMode Awards Now Open to Nominate

ChinaMode Awards, the annual awards on tech industry co-hosted by 14 Chinese tech bloggers, is open to nomination now.

In this year’s ChinaMode, we have 7 categories for nomination, including Best Internet Applications, Best User-Experience Applications, Most Promising Applications, Best Mobile Applications, Best Overseas Internet Applications, Tech Person of the Year and Best BBS/Online Forum. You can nominate your favorite applications on ChinaMode’s website, it is only in Chinese. And we will have a Best Overall Application of the Year, selected by our observers and hosting bloggers.

We are proudly to have 10 observers on board, including Keso, the most prestigious tech blogger in China, Hu Yong, a famous professor in Peking University with researches on digital media, Hu Yanping, Director of DCCI, Niu Wenwen, Chief Editor of The Founder, Jui Tan, Partner of BlueRun Ventures, Harry Man, Partner of Matrix Partners, George Liu, famous Taiwan tech blogger, Richard Macmanus, Founder of Read/Write Web, Patrice Nordey, Managing Director of Aisa L’Atelier-BNP Paribas Group, and Netanel Jacobsson, ex-International BD Director of Facebook,

Let’s start to nominate companies, applications and people you think deserve it, and make ChinaMode rock!


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December 06 2009

ChinaMode: A China’s Web Awards Initiated by Bloggers

Each year, there are lots of various awards and competitions in China’s Internet and mobile sector. But now we have a totally new awards, ChinaMode, proposed by OpenWeb.Asia, and co-hosed by 14 China’s IT bloggers, including: Appin, Williamlong, Web20share, Kenengba, Jandan, MobiNode, Webleon, Showeb20, Vista2.o, Yunkeji, Riku, Herock, China Web2.0 Review and MobiNode.TV..

ChinaMode is the first grassroots award to encourage innovative Internet and mobile applications and services in China. One day, it might be China’s Crunchies Awards.

Stay tune with us, more details will be disclosed later, including nomination details, award categories and etc. We are also open to any community, company or individual who wants to help us or participate (on media coverage, partnership and sponsorship etc). Please contact us on the online form or just leave your comment here.

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Tags: News ChinaMode

ChinaMode: A China’s Web Awards Initiated by Bloggers

Each year, there are lots of various awards and competitions in China’s Internet and mobile sector. But now we have a totally new awards, ChinaMode, proposed by OpenWeb.Asia, and co-hosed by 14 China’s IT bloggers, including: Appin, Williamlong, Web20share, Kenengba, Jandan, MobiNode, Webleon, Showeb20, Vista2.o, Yunkeji, Riku, Herock, China Web2.0 Review and MobiNode.TV..

ChinaMode is the first grassroots award to encourage innovative Internet and mobile applications and services in China. One day, it might be China’s Crunchies Awards.

Stay tune with us, more details will be disclosed later, including nomination details, award categories and etc. We are also open to any community, company or individual who wants to help us or participate (on media coverage, partnership and sponsorship etc). Please contact us on the online form or just leave your comment here.


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October 19 2009

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October 13 2009

Apple Acquired EditGrid?

Apple4us, the leading Chinese blog on Apple, reported that Apple has acquired EditGrid, an online spreadsheets service provider in Hong Kong.

In April 2006, we profiled EditGrid when it just launched public beta test. EditGrid actually is one of my personal favorite Chinese web 2.0 services, since it kept on introducing innovative features and its good user interfaces. In June 2007, EditGrid raised a US$1.25M Series A financing from WI Harper.

David Lee, founder of EditGrid, posted an article on EditGrid’s blog on Sept 24, it may make people suspect it is dying, because it discontinue its customer support for 30 days.

I’m excited to announce that we are making some changes to our business that will allow the EditGrid Team to focus on developing new and exciting web apps. … Effective today all EditGrid.com online services will now be available for free, including our premium subscription services. … in order to focus our resources on new R&D efforts, email and forum user support for EditGrid.com shall be discontinued 30 days from now on 2009-10-24.

In crowded online office service market, EditGrid, as a stand-alone service, has little chance to make a profitable business. I’m not surprised to hear that it is acquired, but I’m surprised to know it is Apple.

Why Apple buy them? EditGrid’s capability on online office apps, esp. online spreadsheet, will strongly enhance the development of Apple’s iwork.com online service.

According to Apple4us, the acquisition is valued between $10m to $30m.

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Post tags: Apple, EditGrid

Apple Acquired EditGrid?

Apple4us, the leading Chinese blog on Apple, reported that Apple has acquired EditGrid, an online spreadsheets service provider in Hong Kong.

In April 2006, we profiled EditGrid when it just launched public beta test. EditGrid actually is one of my personal favorite Chinese web 2.0 services, since it kept on introducing innovative features and its good user interfaces. In June 2007, EditGrid raised a US$1.25M Series A financing from WI Harper.

David Lee, founder of EditGrid, posted an article on EditGrid’s blog on Sept 24, it may make people suspect it is dying, because it discontinue its customer support for 30 days.

I’m excited to announce that we are making some changes to our business that will allow the EditGrid Team to focus on developing new and exciting web apps. … Effective today all EditGrid.com online services will now be available for free, including our premium subscription services. … in order to focus our resources on new R&D efforts, email and forum user support for EditGrid.com shall be discontinued 30 days from now on 2009-10-24.

In crowded online office service market, EditGrid, as a stand-alone service, has little chance to make a profitable business. I’m not surprised to hear that it is acquired, but I’m surprised to know it is Apple.

Why Apple buy them? EditGrid’s capability on online office apps, esp. online spreadsheet, will strongly enhance the development of Apple’s iwork.com online service.

According to Apple4us, the acquisition is valued between $10m to $30m.


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Post tags: Apple, EditGrid

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September 27 2009

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August 29 2009

Sina Starts Twitter-Like Service

About ten days ago, Sina started testing its Twitter-like service, Sina Microblogging, when many other Twitter-copycats in China have been shut down by the authorities.

Like Twitter, Sina Microblogging allows users to post short messages less than 140 Chinese characters, you can follow other users to get their updates, but Sina called followers as fans. You can send SMS or MMS to update messages after you set up your mobile phone. It also support hashtag # syntax for easily tracking topics. Users can also add an image to their message. Sina even provides official url shortener too, all url will be shorten as http://sinaurl.cn.

However, for two most important feature of Twitter, i.e. @ and Retweet, the features are quite different in Sina Microblogging. Sina has a feature called reply which is similar to @, but actually totally different. Sina’s reply acually is comment feature in blogs, the reply will not show in your “tweets”, so it is a one-to-one conversation, not one-to-many conversation for Twitter’s @.

Several years ago, when Sina started its blogging service, it was a late-comer in blogging market, but it successfully invited many celebrities to start blogging in Sina’s platform, which attracted many readers and made it one of the top blogging platform in China. It is expected that Sina would adopt similar strategy for its micro-blogging service, to promote celebrities’ micro-blogging, maybe that’s why they called followers as fans.

Sina is not the first one to copy Twitter in China, but many copycats have encountered many troubles from government regulators, and Twitter was blocked for months already. That might not be a big problem for Sina, since Sina already has a strict self-censorship policies and methods.

Tencent actually has launched a Twitter-clone, Tencent Taotao.com, in 2007, but it is not very influential in the market. But some reports said Taotao has 40 million users already. Will Tencent starts to make efforts to promote Taotao after Sina enters this market?

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Post tags: Sina, Sina Microblogging, Taotao

Sina Starts Twitter-Like Service

About ten days ago, Sina started testing its Twitter-like service, Sina Microblogging, when many other Twitter-copycats in China have been shut down by the authorities.

Like Twitter, Sina Microblogging allows users to post short messages less than 140 Chinese characters, you can follow other users to get their updates, but Sina called followers as fans. You can send SMS or MMS to update messages after you set up your mobile phone. It also support hashtag # syntax for easily tracking topics. Users can also add an image to their message. Sina even provides official url shortener too, all url will be shorten as http://sinaurl.cn.

However, for two most important feature of Twitter, i.e. @ and Retweet, the features are quite different in Sina Microblogging. Sina has a feature called reply which is similar to @, but actually totally different. Sina’s reply acually is comment feature in blogs, the reply will not show in your “tweets”, so it is a one-to-one conversation, not one-to-many conversation for Twitter’s @.

Several years ago, when Sina started its blogging service, it was a late-comer in blogging market, but it successfully invited many celebrities to start blogging in Sina’s platform, which attracted many readers and made it one of the top blogging platform in China. It is expected that Sina would adopt similar strategy for its micro-blogging service, to promote celebrities’ micro-blogging, maybe that’s why they called followers as fans.

Sina is not the first one to copy Twitter in China, but many copycats have encountered many troubles from government regulators, and Twitter was blocked for months already. That might not be a big problem for Sina, since Sina already has a strict self-censorship policies and methods.

Tencent actually has launched a Twitter-clone, Tencent Taotao.com, in 2007, but it is not very influential in the market. But some reports said Taotao has 40 million users already. Will Tencent starts to make efforts to promote Taotao after Sina enters this market?


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Post tags: Sina, Sina Microblogging, Taotao

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August 12 2009

Baidu to Build Product Database for Ecommerce

Youa.com, the ecommerce site of Baidu, announced an “Ark Plan”, which aims to build up standardized products database for online shopping.

The purpose of the Ark Plan is to build an unified and structured products database, which include all the information needed when a buyer go shopping online, such as the specification of the product, price info, users’ reviews, related products and etc. The information can be used by sellers on Youa.com, then they don’t need to bother to input basic information of products. On the other hand, after the implementation of the database, sellers on Youa.com cannot list products which are not included in the database.

The product database of mobile phone is online already, for example, this is the product page for Nokia N97.

According to Baidu, the Ark Plan will be an open project, and collaborated by Youa.com, B2C ecommerce sites and some information portals. But we don’t know so far whether the database is open to third-parties through open API.

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Baidu to Build Product Database for Ecommerce

Youa.com, the ecommerce site of Baidu, announced an “Ark Plan”, which aims to build up standardized products database for online shopping.

The purpose of the Ark Plan is to build an unified and structured products database, which include all the information needed when a buyer go shopping online, such as the specification of the product, price info, users’ reviews, related products and etc. The information can be used by sellers on Youa.com, then they don’t need to bother to input basic information of products. On the other hand, after the implementation of the database, sellers on Youa.com cannot list products which are not included in the database.

The product database of mobile phone is online already, for example, this is the product page for Nokia N97.

According to Baidu, the Ark Plan will be an open project, and collaborated by Youa.com, B2C ecommerce sites and some information portals. But we don’t know so far whether the database is open to third-parties through open API.


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Post tags: Baidu, Youa

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