Like other hundreds of group buying deals sites, Slosht offers attractive discounts for its customers. But unlike the other deals site, Slosht introduces group buying concept to nightlife experience. The group buying deal site negotiates deep discounts for alcoholic beverages with bars, nightclubs and alcoholic beverage companies by guaranteeing sales of X number of drinks for one specified night.
At the just concluded ChinaJoy Expo 2011, Rovio Mobile Ltd. announced a slew of Angry Birds merchandises in China – namely, shoes, hat, bags and also, mooncakes (reported by a China-centric tech site M.I.C. Gadget). The Angry Birds creator will be using the mooncakes to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (or Moon Festival) with Angry Birds fans in China. In addition, there will be a “Mid-Autumn Festival” theme edition on Angry Birds Season, which will be released in early September 2011 (Moon Festival falls on September 12th this year).
TonTon, the online video portal by Malaysia’s largest integrated media company, Media Prima Bhd, has been experiencing impressive growth since its launch on August 06 2010. Website traffic has tripled since January this year. Currently, there are over 1.6 million registered users and half of them are weekly active unique users, with daily return rate of 73%. In June 2011, there are 8.8 million page views on TonTon.
Another interesting stat is that the site has served over 1.1 million video hours in the last 30 days. That’s 300 terabytes of video contents! TonTon website had recorded its highest concurrent streams, at 4,300.
With such growth figures, it is little wonder Media Prima started to monetize its community by introducing Premium contents on TonTon end of last month. TonTon users can buy single episode or full season shows.
In just two weeks, the scorching hot new social network Google+ has surpassed the 10 million users mark. The milestone was mentioned by Google CEO Larry Page during an earnings call on July 14 2011. These 10 million users are sharing / receiving 1 billion stuff per day on Google+.
Roughly 90% of Google+ users are from outside the US. In the Asia region, the percentage of global Google+ population is around 6%.
- Google+ has now more than 500,000 users in Asia.
- Google’s other social network Orkut used to attract the Indian population in large numbers. Now, the Internet users in India are crazy about Google+. They constitutes more than half of the Google+ users in Asia. Globally, India comes in second after the US, in terms of total users. It is worth to note that India is also fast embracing Facebook. In this latest report, India registered 28% growth rate in Quarter 2 2011 and currently behind Indonesia, in term of total Facebook users.
- About 78% of Asian Google+ users come from the top 5 countries – India, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan.
Asia’s largest low-cost airline AirAsia has recently surpassed the 1 million fans mark on Facebook. Globally, AirAsia is one of the world’s most famous airline brands on Facebook; it is only second to Southwest Airline, in terms of total fans. The US largest airline hit 1 million fans in December last year and today, its Facebook Page with over 1.4 million fans. Here are the Likes tally of some other airlines:
Earlier, I accessed my Facebook Wall and to my amusement, a clean slate greeted me. My Photos have disappeared too.
Empty Facebook Wall
Twitter continues to pack its web interface with features. Now, it seems the microblogging site may soon introduce a Shorten button, to be located next to the Tweet button. Shorten is a URL shortener. Enter a URL and click the Shorten button to convert long URL into a shorter bit.ly link (yes, bit.ly).
The button is gone now; it only appeared for a few minutes and quite surely an accidental exposure. (And unfortunately, I didn’t manage to screenshot it.)
Malaysian Ministry of Tourism has just (soft) launched its Cuti-Cuti 1Malaysia Facebook Page. It also announced its online dance contest on Facebook, called Citrawarna 1Malaysia. The online game is mainly used to grow fan base, in preparation to the official launch of the Facebook Page in June 2011.
The Tourism Malaysia Page is (probably) still in beta and if I may suggest some areas for enhancements:
Today, SkyGrid unveils the latest version 2.0 of its news aggregation app and introduces some significant enhancements. Changes include a more streamlined topics following and introduction of ads. The Following button on the app is much more prominent (and useful) now. On Twitter, you follow your interests – people and lists. You follow your interests too on SkyGrid app, but in the forms of news topics (people, teams, politics, etc.) and/or websites. Whatever you follow will be listed in the Following page. Whenever there are updates, the Following buttons will display number of available updates.
Another update is the display of interactive ads. Among the high-profile news apps, SkyGrid is one of the first apps (another is Flipboard) to introduce ads. Quite surely, ads strategy will be adopted by most (if not all) mobile news aggregators.
iPad, the next publishing frontier. Launched in April last year, the super-sleek device by Apple has changed the mobile computing landscape. Media organizations, in particular, see the iPad platform as a fertile ground for the emergence of next publishing model. It is changing the way people consume, engage and create media contents. Top-tier media organizations like The New York Times, The Economist, National Geographic, News Corporation and many more already established their presence in the iPad universe. However, these publishers’ apps are not particularly groundbreaking, at the moment.
News aggregation apps are the ones delivering cool innovative news consumption experience on the iPad. These apps are sleek on the outside, badass on the inside. This market space is red hot right now and expect to see more news apps releases in the coming months. Anyway, here are the ten top notch, fabulously free news app for the iPad available today:
Social networking giant Facebook was caught playing dirty. It is revealed by Don Lyons that Facebook have engaged top PR firm, Burson-Marsteller, to plant negative news about Google. Facebook confirmed this and stated the following reasons for the engagement:
First, because it believes Google is doing some things in social networking that raise privacy concerns; second, and perhaps more important, because Facebook resents Google’s attempts to use Facebook data in its own social-networking service.