Facebook has over 850 million users worldwide. Out of that, a total of 194 million users are from Asia at the end of March 2012. Most of these users from the Southeast Asia region – 97 million or 54% of the total Facebook users in Asia. Some other observations on the latest Facebook in Asia statistics:
- In early February 2012, India surpassed Indonesia to become Facebook No. 1 Nation in Asia. Back in January 2011, India has 16.9 million Facebook users. Now, the country has over 45.9 million Facebook users.
- In addition to India, Japan has been growing impressively in the past 1 year or so. Japan started the year 2011 with 1.8 million Facebook users. Today, there are over 8 million users in Japan.
- South Korea has been growing with double digits figure. The country is now ahead of Pakistan in the Facebook in Asia list.
- Among the top ten countries, India, Japan, and South Korea has been the high-growth Facebook nations since early 2011. Throughout 2012, Facebook will be focusing on these three countries for users acquisition, as the Big Blue of the social web aims to reach the 1 billion users mark.
2012 will be the year when hotels wake up to the power of social media as a primary (rather than alternative) customer communications and relationship channels, says the Hotel Yearbook 2012 report. According to another projection, half of the travel industry will be using social media as a way of generating revenue and bookings by 2016. Globally, hotels are ramping up and fine-tuning their social strategies. They are adapting to the social web dynamics and building goodwill building with customers.
A leading five-star hotel Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur recently became the first hotel in Malaysia to offer direct room booking on its Facebook Page. Users can check room availability and instantly book the room within the Facebook environment. Those who book the rooms can also enjoy fans-only rates and earn loyalty reward points. Grand Millennium is working with Sabre Hospitality Solutions to enable this social booking feature.
This weekend is Hackweekend in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Hackweekend is a 24-hour challenge where technology community gather to build awesome applications over a single weekend, based on a particular theme.
The theme for the latest edition of Hackweekend is Make Apps Not War, where participants are encouraged to build applications and software that revolve around the theme of love. Whether it’s an app to assist peace talks between nations, or an app to help match you with single people who have similar interests as you, as long as it can fit within the theme somehow, participants are encouraged to build it.
“It’s all about how people connect in this day and age. Mobile phones give us fantastic new ways to be constantly informed on what our networks are up to, but inversely new barriers are formed that distract people from spending time together. This Hackweekend I hope to see ways of connecting people meaningfully” says Hakim Albasrawy, Director at Tandemic, one of the event organisers.
Ben Silbermann started working on Pinterest in 2009. The social curation site entered into open beta mode in March 2010 and began to gain traction in the second half of 2011. As of January 2012, there are over 10 million monthly Pinterest users.
Pinterest usage was dismally low for more than a year (by the end of 2010, it has only 10,000 users). I think many “experts” then would’ve adviced Silbermann to scrap the project or morph it into something else. Silbermann and his team didn’t waver and remain resilient. As Silbermann put it, “We just felt like if everyday we were getting a little closer to something that we would be really proud of, we would never regret the time we’d invested.”
I was about to spend $1.99 on a new iPhone game called Counter Strike. The game developer, Top Best Adult Entertainment, described it the “ORIGINAL Counter Strike is FINALLY Available on the iPhone.” Playing CS on my iPhone sounds like an awesome weekend plan!
Before clicking on the buy button, I checked the reviews. The app has 8 reviews (so far) with only one star rating in App Store (US).
To make social gaming fun to millions of people worldwide requires over-the-top technological mights and ingenuity. Zynga is the Web’s modern marvel. It is the world largest social games developer and one of the largest users of cloud computing. It can deploy up to 1,000 servers within 24 hours. Its total database hold 1.4 PETABYTES of data, which is ten times the amount of movies in Netflix in HD. One of its most successful games, FarmVille, went from zero to 10 MILLION daily active users in 6 weeks! Zynga just launched its social gaming platform, a new playground for social games, and this will stratospherically expand its infrastructure.
From The Diary Of DEMO Asia 2012
The online world is awash in a deluge of information. We are seeing emergence of more creative, innovative ways to mix and mash the information to create value propositions for users.
A Hong Kong startup, AfterShip, just launched a new web service that aggregates and repurposes packages delivery status data to create compelling value for both e-commerce merchants and buyers. The service is capable of automatically detecting shipment numbers of over 40 couriers worldwide and provides online merchants a consolidated view of delivery status of all their packages – in-transit, delivered or delayed. It also provides shipping insights for online merchants to analyze their shipping historical records. Online merchants can also send out customized delivery status notification messages to customers through SMS, e-mail or Twitter. With this, merchants can reduce customers’ questions about delivery status. For customers, they no longer need to deal with tracking numbers and track packages on their own, as they are automatically notified on the latest delivery status of their packages.
Last month at 2012 International CES, Huawei unveiled its world’s slimmest Android smartphone. Now, at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Huawei is stake its claim as the creator of the world’s fastest smartphone – the Huawei Ascend D quad, powered by the Huawei’s K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz/1.5GHz processor. It also boast the most compact design among 4.5-inch smartphones (ultra-thin frame measuring 64mm narrow and 8.9mm slim) and comes with Huawei’s proprietary power management system which provides up to 30% in energy savings.
Other notable features include:
- 4.5-inch 720P high definition touchscreen
- Industry’s most powerful 32-bit true color graphic processor
- 330 PPI (pixels per inch) screen providing crystal clear display even under direct sunlight
- Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and Audience earSmart™ voice technology
- Camera: 8-megapixel BSI rear-facing, 1.3 megapixel front-facing and 1080p full HD video-capture and playback capabilities
DEMO Asia 2012 has just announced speakers and sages for its upcoming conference in Singapore.
- Jeff Clavier @jeffclavier : Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups.
- Robert Kim – Director (Consumer Infocomm) of Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority, where he plays industry development role in the areas of start-ups/entrepreneurship, online gaming and digital media.
- Philip Lim Feng – Chief Executive Officer, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd
- Adeo Ressi @adeoressi – Founding Member, TheFunded.com, an online community of 12,000 CEOs to research, rate, and review funding sources worldwide. He’s is also the CEO of Founder Institute.
- Michael Yap – Deputy CEO & Executive Director of Interactive Digital Media Programme Office, Media Development Authority, Singapore
McDonald’s Malaysia Facebook Page has just surpassed the 1 million fans mark. Now, there are four Pages with more than a million fans in the Most Popular Facebook Pages in Malaysia list. It took McDonald’s Malaysia almost three years to rake in a million fans on Facebook; the Page was created in April 2009.
KFC Malaysia is still reeling from the blows from its punching-customer crisis. But don’t expect any sympathy from its competitor, Nando Malaysia. The restaurant chain, specializing in flame-grilled Peri-Peri chicken dishes, tries to play on the current sentiment among social media users. The company just posted a poster on its Facebook Page, which says:
We’re Good at Punchlines, not Punches.
Ouch.. that hit the spot, if you’re in Team KFC.