Pioneering social network Friendster initiated countdown to reincarnation

Friendster Exporter

The pioneering social network, Friendster, has started to request its members to start exporting their details using its Friendster Exporter. Members can export data, including your profile information, your friends list, your photos, messages, comments, testimonials, shoutouts, blogs and groups.

By May 31 2011, all the photos, messages, comments, testimonials, shoutouts, blogs, forums and groups that you may have now will no longer be part of your account.most of these data will be deleted. However, Friendster accounts will be NOT be deleted. The social network will preserve users’ ID, basic information, friends’ list and wallet and migrate them to the upcoming iteration of Friendster.

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Latest Estimates for Facebook Users by Country – Asia (Quarter 1 2011)

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Facebook in AsiaSince March 2010, I’ve been monitoring the growth of Facebook users in Asia on GreyReview. In October 2010, I’ve found out that Facebook exceeds the 100 million users mark. At the start of year 2011, there was an estimated total of 111.9 million of Facebook users in Asia.

This is the latest edition of Facebook in Asia series. The followings are some interesting observations of Facebook growth in Asia in the first three months of 2011:

  • The latest estimated number of Facebook users in Asia: 131.3 million.
  • Total Facebook users grew by 17.3% in the Quarter 1 2011, which is slightly less than the 21.4% in the previous quarter (Quarter 4 2010).
  • Indonesia continues to lead with 35.2 million users. Second-placed India with 23 million, followed by Philippines (22.4 million), Malaysia (10.1 million) and Taiwan (9.1 million)
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I wonder what’s up with Plurk (yeah, that microblogging site with a timeline)

Plurk logo

Remember Plurk? During the heyday of the Fail Whale on Twitter, the microblogging service offered a much needed alternative. Plurk was founded in 2008 by Alvin Woon (Malaysian) and Amir Salihefendic (Danish) in Toronto, Canada. When it was launched, its timeline-style display of updates captured much attention. However, with the rapid ascendancy of Twitter in the past several years, Plurk seems to recede from the media limelight. Of course, some may still remember the fiasco back in 2009, where Plurk accused Microsoft China of “blatant theft of code, design, and UI elements.”

Plurk is still popular in Asia (especially East Asia). According to co-founder Woon, Plurk is now one of the high-traffic social networks in Asia. It has over 6 million registered users and the majority of them are from Asia – – Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Japan. Plurk, which runs predominantly on a Python, JavaScript and MySQL stack, has over 400,000 active users daily and 200,000 concurrent users at any give time of a day). These users generated millions of plurks each day.

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The Illustrated Brief History (sort-of) of Social Networking

This is a fun set of illustrations of the evolution of social networking. It is commissioned by PeopleBrowsr, in celebration of the Advertising Research Foundation’s 75th anniversary. Not comprehensive, but somewhat, informative. From 1930 to 2011, highlights include:

  • 1930: The Notificator.
  • January 1978: Computer Bulletin Board System.
  • 1989: World Wide Web invented.
  • 1989: Online gaming service Quantum Link changed name to America Online.
  • 2003: The launch of Friendster, MySpace, LinkedIn.
  • 2004: “The Facebook” was launched.
  • 2006: Twitter launched.
  • 2008: Burger King viral video.
  • 2010: First tweet from space.
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Over 111 million Facebook users in Asia on New Year’s Day; Slowing growth, Indonesia widens lead and South Korea on hyper-growth

Facebook in Asia 2010

As of January 01 2011, there are a total of 111.9 million Facebook users in Asia. The social network added almost 20 million new Asian users in the Quarter 4 2010. After increasing by 10 million users in the month of October 2010, Facebook experienced growth slow down between November 2010 and December 2010. Nevertheless, Facebook population grew by 21.4% in Asia in the last quarter of 2010.

In November 2010, Indonesia overtook the UK to become the world’s second largest market for Facebook (behind the United States.) In Quarter 4 2010, over 5 million new users from world’s fourth most populous nation joined Facebook. Indonesia also widened its gap with second-place Philippines over the last 3 months. In November 01 2010, the gap between Indonesia and second-place Philippines was 11,901,900 users. Now, the gap is 13,227,560.

Today, there are over 32 million Indonesians using Facebook. Philippines is behind Indonesia, with over 18 million, followed by India (16.9 million), Malaysia (9.5 million) and Taiwan (8.7 million).

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Facebook exceeds 100 million users in Asia; added 10 million users in October 2010

Facebook in Asia 2010

In the beginning of October 2010, there were a total of 92.1 million Facebook users in Asia. By end of the month, the figure has surpassed the 100 million user mark (specifically, 102.2 million). That’s an increase of 10.1 million users in a month or 10.9% month-on-month growth!

Indonesia continues to top the Facebook Population in Asia list with 29.8 million users. Although the country is fast approaching the 30 million user mark, the most populous Southeast Asian nation continues to show impressive 12.2% growth rate (the 10th highest among the Asian nations). During the month of October 2010, Indonesia registered the highest increase of % of Total Facebook Population in Asia, an increase of 0.3 percentage point, from 28.9% to 29.2% (India increased by 0.2 percentage point and Japan with 0.1).

Cambodia registered the highest growth rate at 24.6%, followed by Afghanistan (23.3%), Mongolia (19.7%), Japan (19.6%) and South Korea (18.9%). And Bangladesh joined the 1-million users group in October 2010. As of now, there are a total of 13 countries in Asia with over a million Facebook users.

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Facebook The Motion Picture [Movie Review]

The Social Network

Ah, Facebook… that online social network service where you can collect friends (most of whom you’ve never met or probably never will) like bottle caps and Poke and Super Poke them ad nauseum. Where you and your friends (those you actually know) can plan flash mob events and disrupt public places like malls and train stations and then tell everyone all about it via… . where else? Facebook.

But have you ever wondered how Facebook came about?

That is the focus of David Fincher’s latest film, The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin (of The West Wing fame, among others). It tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg, brilliantly played by Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland, Adventureland), a student in Harvard who after being dumped by his girlfriend (played by Rooney Mara) sets about to find a new project to get him over his break-up grief.

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How Facebook can turn you into mindless drones?

jaron lanier

I had a chat with a friend of mine the other day. He seemed down so I asked him if everything was OK, to which he replied that his week had gotten off to a bad start and it was making him depressed. Treading carefully, I asked if he would like to share. His answer shocked me.

“My friend defriended me on Facebook”, he replied.

He elaborated further, saying that this friend, whom he had known since high school and whom he had been contact with on and off throughout the years (as opposed to regular contact) had one day decided to reduce his Facebook contacts to only those he often stayed in touch with, and since he only met up or talked with this guy once in a blue moon, he ended up in the dreaded “Defriended” list. And he wasn’t the only one. A few other school buddies also didn’t make the cut and were equally depressed.

I thought this was utterly ridiculous but sensing that his sadness was genuine, didn’t make a fuss about it. But seriously, getting depressed because you were removed from someone’s contact list on an online app?

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