What Do Singaporeans and Kristen Stewart Have In Common? Emotionless

By on November 21, 2012

Singapore is the world’s most emotionless society, according to a Gallup survey of 152 countries. The economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia is behind countries like Georgia, Lithuania, Russia, Madagascar, Belarus, Kazakhtan, and Nepal.

Another Southeast Asian nation, Philippines is the world’s most emotional society, ahead of El Salvador, Bahrain, Oman, Columbia, and United States.

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Malaysia’s Most Popular Twitter User Is Prime Minister @NajibRazak

By on November 20, 2012

Last night, the Prime Minister Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak has surpassed one million followers on Twitter. With this milestone, the Prime Minister has surpassed the one million mark on both Facebook and Twitter in 2012 (Facebook Page surpassed one million fans in May 2012). And this undoubtedly makes him the most followed Malaysian on Twitter and Facebook.

Below is the six months trend of followers growth for @NajibRazak account on Twitter:

Twitter Followers Growth of @NajibRazak

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Path 3.0: My Wish List

By on November 15, 2012

Path remains my constant favorite iPhone app since its launch in November 2010. The ‘personal network’ app differentiates itself by limiting each user to share updates, or moments, with only 50 friends and family (later increased to 150). A year after the launch, Path 2.0 was unveiled with a massively revamped interface and an enhanced set of features. The new iteration won well-deserved raves, particularly for its über-cool interface design. Its daily active users went 10,000 to 300,000 in just two and a half weeks!

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In Asia, Facebook Exceeds 200 Million Users But Growth Deceleration Continues

By on July 1, 2012

FACEBOOK NOW HAS OVER 950 MILLION USERS WORLDWIDE and 80% of its user base are from outside U.S. and Canada.

As of end of Quarter 2 2012, Facebook exceeds 200 million users in Asia. There are now 204.9 million Facebook users in Asia, which is roughly 27% of Facebook’s non-US/Canada user base.

Facebook opened its door to everyone worldwide on September 26 2006. In Asia, Facebook took 49 months to reach the 100 million users mark. With its unabating phenomenal popularity worldwide, the social networking giant took just 20 months to add another 100 million Asian users.

However, Facebook users growth in Asia has been slowing since the beginning of 2011, from its peak of 21% in Q4 2010. In second quarter of 2012, its Asian user base grew by 5.5%.

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Mobile Photo Sharing App Pudding.to Surpasses Four Million Photo Uploads, Two Million Downloads

By on June 14, 2012

The $1 billion acquisition of Instagram by Facebook underscored the mobile photo sharing craze. But the recent closure of Andreessen Horowitz-backed PicPlz might signal an impending consolidation in the market space.

However, one of the latest entrants, Pudding.to app, has been growing impressively since its launch in February this year – Android on February 13 2012 and iOS on February 15 2012.

The mobile photo sharing app is developed by KT Hitel Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Korea Telecom Group (KT Group is Korea’s largest communications company). A week after its launch in February 2012, the social photo sharing app gained over 500,000 users and registered 1.65 downloads per second. Within two months, total app downloads exceeded two million with a total of 2,840,000 photos uploaded.

Today, there are over a million active Pudding.to users clicking a million photo likes a week, on average.

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Japanese Gaming Giant DeNA To Co-Develop Mobile Social Games With Malaysia’s Terato Tech

By on May 25, 2012

Malaysian mobile games company Terato Tech has signed a co-development agreement with Japanese gaming giant DeNA Co., Ltd. at the Casual Connect Asia 2012 event in Singapore.

DeNA operates Japan’s leading mobile social games network, Mobage (pronounced moh-bah-geh) which has over 35 million users and more than 1800 games. DeNA’s main competitor GREE just announced open beta release of its global mobile social games network. No surprise DeNA has been busy extending and expanding Mobage outside of Japan.

In August 2011, the company setup DeNA Asia Pacific to strengthen its development capabilities in the Southeast and South Asia region. In addition to developers acquisition, DeNA Asia will also focus on the localization of the global edition of Mobage. In September last year, DeNA bought a game studio in Vietnam. Then in November 2011, the gaming giant signed an exclusive agreement to bring Vietnam-based VNG’s social games exclusively on Mobage platform.

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Introducing Burpple: The Smart (and Stylish) Food Journal App For Your Epicurean Adventures

By on May 8, 2012

INTERPRETATIONS OF SOCIAL FOOD SHARING are not in short supply these days. At its core, these apps revolve around food, community, and mobile. But different apps offer different experiential values.

Foodspotting is good for social discovery of dishes around you and acts like a food guide. Fondu focuses more on eateries’ reviews. Chewsy allows you to rate restaurant and its dishes. Ness recommend you restaurants through its personal search engine, based on your profile. Forkly adds gamification to social food sharing, by allowing users to earn influence points and become tastemaker at a particular venue. DishPal tries to pack features like photo styling and virtual potluck (a’la Pinwheel) to set itself apart.

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Defamation on Twitter: First Malaysian Ordered by Court to Pay RM500,000 Libel Damages

By on April 27, 2012

Journalist R. Nadeswaran is found guilty of posting defamatory remarks on Twitter and ordered by the Malaysian court to pay RM500,000 to the complainant, property developer Datuk Mohamad Salim Fateh Din, according to The Star.

This is a landmark court case, as Mr. Nadeswaran is the first Malaysian to be sued for his postings on social network Twitter. In 2011, political activist Fahmi Fadzil was the first to apologize 100 times on Twitter as a settlement in a defamation case.

We are seeing a growing number of legal actions brought worldwide against Internet users for libelous comments posted online, which are setting precedents to previously uncharted waters of unbounded freedom of speech.

Generally, when it comes to control on the Internet, social media users and Internet companies prefer regulation-less environment. And they probably agree with this New York court’s opinion on online communications – emails, blogs and online media:

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Most Beautiful Pages on New Google+

By on April 14, 2012

Google+ released new UI on April 11, 2012. Brands can now post bigger photos and each Page comes with a cover photo – either display a select group of photos or a panoramic picture, among others.

Hoping to inspire brand people on Google+, I’ve compile a non-exhaustive collection of the most beautiful Pages in new Google+ UI (see below). Let us know which ones are your favorites. Any good ones are missing from this collection?

Google+ Pages Collection

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Facebook in Asia (Quarter 1 2012): India In Pole, Japan Continues to Surge

By on April 7, 2012

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. South Korea has been growing with double digits figure. The country is now ahead of Pakistan in the Facebook in Asia list.
  4. 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.
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How Grand Millennium Hotel Kuala Lumpur Uses Facebook to Engage Customers and Inspire Transactions

By on March 29, 2012

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.

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