The giants of the internet age are Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, according The Economist. Each of these giants is a leader in specific product space(s) in the modern-day internet superstructure, in terms of market share and/or profits.
Rich Moore, the director of Disney’s latest animated flick, Wreck-It Ralph, gets on Quora to answer some interesting questions about the movies. From his answers, we get to learn how his team managed to get licenses for all video-games characters appearing in the movie, the meaning of story watchdog, and his advices for aspiring film makers. I’m sure Director Moore will share more interesting insights on Quora in the coming days.
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.
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
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!
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%.
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.
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- South Korea has been growing with double digits figure. The country is now ahead of Pakistan in the Facebook in Asia list.
- 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.
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.
Ben Silbermann started working on Pinterest in 2009. The social curation site entered into open beta mode in March 2010 and began to gain traction in the second half of 2011. As of January 2012, there are over 10 million monthly Pinterest users.
Pinterest usage was dismally low for more than a year (by the end of 2010, it has only 10,000 users). I think many “experts” then would’ve adviced Silbermann to scrap the project or morph it into something else. Silbermann and his team didn’t waver and remain resilient. As Silbermann put it, “We just felt like if everyday we were getting a little closer to something that we would be really proud of, we would never regret the time we’d invested.”