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November 18 2010

Some Stats on Sina Weibo

Sina’s popular Twitter-like microblogging service Sina Weibo (Weibo means microblogging in Chinese) is becoming one of the most exciting product to Sina, and also to China’s app developers. In first China Weibo Developer Conference held in this Tuesday, over 2000 people attended it.

Over the conference, sina announced some stats about Sina Weibo:

  • By October 20,2010, just 14 month after its beta launch on August 28, 2009, Sina Weibo has reached 50 million registered users, and over 25 million updates (tweets) published every day. So far, over 2 billion tweets have been published on Sina Weibo platform.
  • Since its beta launch, Sina Weibo only took 66 days to reach its 1 million-user milestone; and by April 28, 2010, or eight months after launch, it reached 10 million users; then took another four month to reach 30 million users. Just in past 2 months, it got additional 20 million new users. It may be the fastest growing Internet product in China.
  • Currently, each second there are 785 updates on Sina Weibo, among them about 38% are made on mobile devices.
  • Youku, one of partners of Sina Weibo, witnessed its videos play over 1.3 million times on Sina Weibo every day.
  • On July 28, 2010, Sina Weibo opened its platform for apps, there are over 800 applications by now.

To further support Sina Weibo platform, Sina partnered with five top VCs in China, Sequoia, IDG, Innovation Works, Yunfeng Fund, DFJ, to set up a RMB 200 million dedicated fund to invest in Weibo app developers. Sina also launched a new domain Weibo.com.

Although Sina Weibo is a Twitter-like service, it has its own features more suitable to China’s market and Chinese users, such as comments, supporting images, videos, audio, survey and other meta-data for multi-media and multi-format data.

If you want to set up your own weibo, you can also use Xweibo, an open source weibo product from Sina, which can integrated with Sina Weibo smoothly.

Sina Weibo has become a phenomena for Sina and for China’s Internet, how can Sina monetize it? Even Twitter has yet to be proven business model, but Sina’s CEO said, “he hopes the service, Sina Weibo, will one day grow large enough to become the company’s largest source of revenue”.


If you are using Sina Weibo, you can follow me @tangos.

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February 02 2010

Announcing ChinaMode Winners

After two weeks of public vote, ChinaMode Awards 2009 have received 121446 votes. We are now happy to announce the winners of the first ChinaMode Awards in each 7 categories.

2009ChinaMode评选最受关注网站/应用/服务

  • Best Internet Applications: Taobao, Google, Baidu;
  • Best User-Experience Applications: Google Chinese search service, Sogou Pinyin Chinese Input Method, Alipay;
  • Most Promising Applications: Google Music, Sina Microblogging, Douban FM;
  • Best Mobile Applications: Mobile QQ, UCWeb, Fetion;
  • Best Overseas Internet Applications: Twitter, GMail, Youtube; (a detailed analysis on this results on Mobinode
  • Tech Person of the Year: Kaifu Lee, Han Han
  • Best BBS/Online Forum: Tianya.cn, Baidu Tieba, Mop

Since ChinaMode Awards are organized by 14 popular tech bloggers in China, it is possible that a high percentage of the voters are regular readers of these blogs, which can not represent the general profile of China’s netizens.

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January 21 2010

[Event] Third Digital Future Symposium Beijing

The post is to introduce an event which our readers might be interested in. The post is drafted by the event organizer.

The Digital Future Symposium (DFS) is a highly successful event first launched in 2007 by the CENTRE FOR CONTENT PROTECTION (CCP). It has conducted successful events in Japan, Singapore, India and Malaysia. Every year, it attracts hundreds of key industry players in the field of content distribution and content protection.

Established in 2007, CCP is a consortium committed to shaping Asia Pacific’s digital future through innovative technologies that provide secure ways for consumers to enjoy anywhere, anytime access to their favourite movies and television programs.

This year, the DFS comes to China, Beijing, in a breakthrough event that aims to bring Chimedia content owners and distributors together to explore new business solutions and opportunities for digital distribution in China and the region.

It targets content owners, producers, technologists, content security companies, Internet businesses, academics, and anyone else in the media and technology industry.

The theme for this year’s DFS, to be held on 24th March at Novotel Peace Beijing, is “Technology, Internet and Content Business”. Major topics to be covered include Internet Distribution and New Media Business in China, Technology, Standards, and Content Protection.

All agendas, updates, and registration information are available at CCP’s website.

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January 14 2010

Four Years of Google In China

No matter Google will finally withdraw all business from China or not, I think it is time to review Google’s four-year operations in China. So I made the following list, if I omitted anything important or made any mistake, feel free to leave your comments.

Google China

  • July 19, 2005, Kaifu Lee joined Google, which was also a big thing in tech sector at that time
  • January 26, 2006, Google launched Google.cn in China, which filtered search results to obey China’s law and regulations
  • March 2, 2006, Tencent launched its search engine service Soso.com, which was powered by Google’s technology. Actually Tencent partnered with Google on search service and search ads on Feb 4, 2005
  • April 12, 2006, Eric Schmidt announced Google’s Chinese name 谷歌
  • June 26, 2006, Google sold its 2.6% stakes in Baidu
  • January 4, 2007, partnership with China Mobile
  • January 5, 2007, announced investment in Xunlei, a mega-file downloader
  • March 2007, acquired 265.com, the acquisition was announced on May 23, 2008
  • March 12, 2007, launched Daohang service, which is a hot sites directory in one page. Daohang is a simple but very China-oriented service
  • April 2, 2007, announced its investment in Tianya.cn, one of the biggest BBS in China
  • April 4, 2007, launched its Chinese Input software, however which was found to copy the code from Sohu’s Chinese Input software. Later Google acknowledged it and apologized to Sohu
  • May 24, 2007, launched China’s life search service, you can search information on housing, jobs, train tickets, restaurants and so on
  • June 11, 2007, announced its strategic partnership with Sina, largest online portal in China, on search and adsense service.
  • July 1, 2007, Netease announced Yodao, its own search engine, and it will not renew its partnership with Google.
  • August 20, 2007, Google announced its new products on Tianya.cn, these two services, Tianya Laiba and Tianya Answer, intended to compete with Baidu’s popular service, Baidu Tieba and Baidu Zhidao.
  • September 27, 2007, Google finally got the ICP licence which is required by China’s regulators to operate website in China
  • January 30, 2008, Google released a Google map mashup, Spring Festival Mass Transportation Map, which was regarded as a product to show the innovative culture of Google.
  • March 26, 2008, announced its $1m investment in Comsenz, a social software developer.
  • May 8, 2008, launched its dictionary software which is a partner with Kingsoft
  • August 5, 2008, announced its partnership with Top100.cn to operate music search service in China
  • March 30, 2009, launched its music mp3 download service in China
  • June 18, 2009, China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Centre (CIIRC) published a report in its frontage condemning Google.cn for spreading obscene contents. The report, titled as “Strongly condem google for spreading indecent and obscene information”. CCTV also made series reports on the issues, which made Google to suspend its Google Suggest and overseas web page search temporarily.
  • September 3, 2009, Tencent announced it will start to use its own search technology on Soso.com to replace Google’s search technology.
  • September 4, 2009, Kaifu Lee resigned from Google to run his incubator
  • October, 13, 2009, Two Chinese writers’ groups claim that Google has scanned Chinese works into an electronic database in violation of international copyright standards.
  • January 13, 2010, Google announced its new China approach, and stop filtering search results, and it may pull out of China.

(Image copyright REUTERS/Jason Lee)

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January 13 2010

Google’s New Approach: Say No to China

Google’s announcement of its new China approach is the biggest tech news today, there are tons of comments and analysis on news, blogs and tweets already. I currently don’t have much more to add to the discussion. I just pick up some posts I read and share with you.

Google’s statement is very controversial, some people believe that it is because of the lose of business in China. Sarah Lacy of Techcunch think “I’m not saying human rights didn’t play into the decision, but this was as much about business”, and ” Google has clearly decided doing business in China isn’t worth it, and are turning what would be a negative into a marketing positive for its business in the rest of the world.” Sun Yunfeng, the Chief Product Designer of Baidu, also questionned Google’s sincerity in his personal blog, “If Google gain 80% search engine market share in China, will Google’s executives announce do no evil and quit China”? (The original post has been deleted from his blog.)

Obviously, Google doesn’t do well in China market, and revenue from China is immaterial, PaidContent pointed out that the estimated Google China’s $600 million revenue in this year “only represents just over two percent of the $26 billion in revenue that most analysts expect Google to post this year.” But it still keeps about 30% market share in this high potential Internet market. Leaving China in this way, without saving face to China’s government is not an easy decision to make.

Robert Scoble quoted, a Google Spokesperson “This is not about market share. While our revenues from China are really immaterial, we did just have our best ever quarter [in China].” Scoble also thought “China is a HUGE market”, “Google has EVERY INCENTIVE to kiss Chinese ass. That’s why this move today impressed me so much….It doesn’t matter to me that Google played footsie up until today, either. They were the first to stop playing footsie and THAT deserves a HUGE round of applause”.

It is not the first time for Google to think leaving China. Keso, the most famous IT blogger in China, said, according to his sources, Google had planned to withdraw from China in the year before last year, but Kaifu Lee sought help from Gary Locke to solve this problem. You should read Scoble’s second post to feel the push and pull of China market.

“As an American I saw two opposite poles [of China]: one of unending opportunity and one of unending frustration of dealing with the government…..I both disagree with [Sarah's article] and agree with it. Why? Because I’m feeling the push and pull of China. Is Google doing this because of business or because of ethics? Probably a little bit of both. Or, maybe, just sheer frustration from the push and the pull of China.”

You should also readJames Fallows’ post, “It is a significant development. Significant for Google; and while only marginally significant for developments inside China potentially very significant for China’s relations with the rest of the world.”

Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba commented that a company will encounter many difficulties when operating in any country. It is easy to leave China, but giving up is the biggest failure for Google. But Xie Wen, a prominent internet commentator, saidhe admires Google, and “China’s Internet companies should not take pleasure in other’s misfortunes, today’s Google China may be your tomorrow”, and “China’s Internet will enter into the Age of Stone”.

You can also find the translations of Chinese Tweets on it, “It’s not Google that’s withdrawing from China, it’s China that’s withdrawing from the world”.

Kaifu Lee responded on his Twitter, “A captain would never run away from his duty, if he knew the ship was sinking”.

It seems the best predictor is Robin Li, in about five years ago he said “we will not see Google in five years”, though he will not know Google will leave in this way.

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January 06 2010

1 Billion to Invest in Freewares in China

Sequoia Capital China, Highland Capital and Qihoo 360 yesterday announced that they plan to jointly invest 1 billion, I think it should be 1 billion RMB, into China’s free software industry in coming years. The plan targets at startups and individuals in freeware sectors, by means of investment, incubation and M&A.

Neil Shen, Founding Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China, Chuan Thor, Managing Director of Highland Capital and Zhou Hongyi, Chairman of Qihoo 360 will participate in the plan and provide supports to software developers. Qihoo 360 will use its 360 software to promote these freewares to Chinese users. They will not only help freeware developers in financing, but also offer help them to build strategy and improve operations.

In China there are some quite popular free softwares, such as Maxthon, an IE-based browsers, Xunlei, a mega file downloader, Baofeng, a video player and Qihoo 360, a anti-malware software. However, it is still interesting to see venture capitals to announce future investment plan in this sector, when the trend shows that more and more applications are switching from desktop softwares to cloud computing.

In China, maybe there are too many uncertainties in Internet industry, since you can lose the control of your domain and the site can be inaccessible just because of command from governments without any notice. Cloud computing is too far away to Chinese users, we still live in the age of desktop softwares.

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1 Billion to Invest in Freewares in China

Sequoia Capital China, Highland Capital and Qihoo 360 yesterday announced that they plan to jointly invest 1 billion, I think it should be 1 billion RMB, into China’s free software industry in coming years. The plan targets at startups and individuals in freeware sectors, by means of investment, incubation and M&A.

Neil Shen, Founding Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China, Chuan Thor, Managing Director of Highland Capital and Zhou Hongyi, Chairman of Qihoo 360 will participate in the plan and provide supports to software developers. Qihoo 360 will use its 360 software to promote these freewares to Chinese users. They will not only help freeware developers in financing, but also offer help them to build strategy and improve operations.

In China there are some quite popular free softwares, such as Maxthon, an IE-based browsers, Xunlei, a mega file downloader, Baofeng, a video player and Qihoo 360, a anti-malware software. However, it is still interesting to see venture capitals to announce future investment plan in this sector, when the trend shows that more and more applications are switching from desktop softwares to cloud computing.

In China, maybe there are too many uncertainties in Internet industry, since you can lose the control of your domain and the site can be inaccessible just because of command from governments without any notice. Cloud computing is too far away to Chinese users, we still live in the age of desktop softwares.


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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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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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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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