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

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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Soul-Manifesting Hacking and Coding at Hackweekend 2012: Let’s Make Apps, Not War

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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.

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Hong Kong Startup AfterShip Launches E-Commerce Shipments Tracker

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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.

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DEMO Asia 2012: Confirmed Speakers

DEMO Asia 2012 has just announced speakers and sages for its upcoming conference in Singapore.

Speakers

  • 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
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Nando’s Malaysia Posted Its Punching Policy on Facebook

Nando Malaysia Punchlines vs Punches

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.

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DEMO Asia 2012: Coundown to the Launchpad

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14 days to the DEMO Asia. The inaugural Asian edition of the hugely popular DEMO will happen on February 14 2012 at Matrix @Biopolis in Singapore. DEMO is one of the most popular technology showcasing events in the world. Over 70 Asian startups have been chosen to demonstrate their innovative inventions to the world. No PowerPoint, no flashy stage show, just entrepreneurs demoing their technology products. Additionally, there will be 120 companies showcasing their products at the DEMO Asia Pavilion.

In the past five years, DEMO companies have raised over $4.5 billion after their debut at DEMO. More than 50 companies have been acquired by tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Adobe, and Cisco, just to name a few.

The conference agenda is here. Reserve your seats today for DEMO Asia 2012. Use this Promotional Code to get 5% off your ticket: GRE67M

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KL Eateries to be Wi-Fi Ready

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The Kuala Lumpur City Hall will soon mandate that all new restaurants provide WiFi to their customers, according to a report by The New Straits Times today. This requirement will be a mandatory prerequisite for food operators when they apply for their license to open a new restaurant or when existing operators renew their license. However, the report states that the requirement would only apply to restaurants owners operating on premises bigger than 120 sq m in floor size.

Those expecting the service to be free should not hold their collective breaths, though… the outlet operators are given the choice to provide Wi-Fi to their customers for free or for a reasonable fee.

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Facebook in Asia: A Growth Story (2011)

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In 2011, Facebook added 69 million new Asian users in 2011. The social networking giant with $100 billion valuation started 2011 with 112 million Asian users and ended the year with 181 million users.

However, its quarterly growth has been sliding steadily in 2011, from 17% in Quarter 1 to 8% in Quarter 4. In Quarter 4 2010, it was growing at 21%.

2010 was the year when Facebook went on hyper-drive growth on users acquisition front in Asia. However, 2011 was the year when Facebook downshifted a gear or two. The decline is expected to continue as many Asian nations are reaching saturation level.

Table 1: Quarterly Growth of Facebook Population in Asia 2011
Quarter 1 Quarter 2 Quarter 3 Quarter 4
+17% +15% +11% +8%
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Review 2011: Most Notable Moments in Malaysian Social Media Scene

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2011, what a year it was!

There are now over 12 million Facebook users and possibly, hundreds of thousands of Twitter users in Malaysia. Social tools are becoming more pervasive. In 2011, the tools are a force to be reckon with.

Malaysians (and elsewhere) used social media tools to amplify their dissatisfaction about various issues – from election reform to proposed Bill to government initiatives. Not only protests though. In 2011, we also saw a high-profile Malaysian CEO posting his unvarnished thoughts/opinions on social media, a record breaking tweetup, and a marriage proposal that went massively viral worldwide!

These days, whatever happens offline, the news get propagated across social networks. Whatever happens in social media space gets attention in the physical world.

In the past 365 days, there were many interesting things happening in the Malaysian social media scene. Here are some of the most notable, memorable ones.

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Facebook in Malaysia Hits 12 Million Users, 70% Penetration Rate

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The total Facebook users in Malaysia has surpassed the 12 million mark. On January 1 2011, there were a total of 9.5 million Facebook users in Malaysia. Last week, it has reached 12 million. As of today, the estimated total stands at 12,060,200.

With a total Internet users of 17.5 million, the Facebook penetration in Malaysia is just a whisker shy of 70%.

From January 2011 to December 2011, the Facebook user base has been growing at an average rate of 26%. The growth rate is markedly reduced compared to the last year’s rate of 87% (March 2010December 2010). The growth rate is expected to decline further in 2012, with the increasing level of Facebook penetration in this country, continuing privacy concerns, onset of Facebook lethargy, and onslaught of emerging new online time sucks.

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