According to the latest Measuring the Information Society report by ITU, there are 363 million digital natives across the globe, or 5.2 per cent of world population, in 2012. And of the world’s young population, some 30 per cent of them are digital natives.
ITU defines digital natives as “as the population of networked youth – aged 15-24 years – with five or more years of online experience.” This is the first time ITU attempts to quantify the number of digital natives in 180 economies across the globe.
For three years in a row, South Korea tops the ICT development ranking by ITU. Sweden ranked second, followed by Iceland, Denmark and Finland.
ITU has developed ICT Development Index (IDI) to measure development progress across countries, in terms of level of access, usage among citizens and skills among 157 economies worldwide.
There are five Asian economies represented in the top 20, namely South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao and Singapore. Most countries in the Asia region have declined in the IDI 2012 ranking compared to 2011 (see below). However, Mongolia (up 5 places) and Bangladesh (up 4 places) are two of the most dynamic countries in world, in terms of IDI improvements.
The hashtag #p1atn must be quite depressing for the social media team at P1 to look at, daily. Customers of the mobile broadband provider are venting their frustration on various service-related and posting barrage of tweets using the hashtag.
Burpple food app is beautiful and now even more useful. The new Explore feature in its latest app release (v1.2) makes it easier for people to discover good food and like-minded foodies. Whereas foursquare’s Explore recommends places, Burpple recommends good food (photos posted by its community).
In the totally revamped Explore page, a user can find collections like What’s Good Nearby, Suggested Users, and Top Picks. Top Picks, for example, lists food recommendations and the list is based on the user’s current location. Using your GPS, the app can also guess which restaurant you are at and show you what others have eaten, liked and commented. A StumbleUpon-sort button on Burpple would be nice to aid serendipitous discovery.
Top Picks Collection on Burpple
A year ago today, South Korean startup, VCNC released open beta of its couple app called Between. Since its launch, the couple app has been growing aggressively.
In July 2012, the app reached the 1 million downloads mark. Back then, it has 460,000 monthly active users with users exchanging a total of 4.5 million messages with one another. As of today, the Between have surpassed 700,000 MAUs, according to founder / CEO Jaeuk Park. Daily, users exchange a whopping 12 million to 13 million messages and posted 150,000 to 200,000 photos.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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: