Naver Shutting Down Me2Day For Good

Naver Shutting Down Me2Day For Good

| July 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

As we have previously covered, Naver announced the end of its Microblogging platform Me2Day last year in 2013. Me2Day started in 2007 and at its peak time in 2009 it received 3 million visitors, which was more than Twitter at that time. However, due to the fierce global competition, the service was finally terminated on [...]

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Facebook Usage in Japan – Latest Survey Results 2014

Facebook Usage in Japan – Latest Survey Results 2014

| July 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

After analyzing the latest social media developments and social media user numbers in Japan, we are happy to present another insightful blog post on social media in Japan. Lifemedia Japan just released two surveys (No 1, No 2) in June 2014 on the latest usage behavior of Facebook in Japan. The first research was aimed to [...]

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Last Straw for Google in China?

Last Straw for Google in China?

| June 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

China’s blocking of Google site was widely reported earlier this month. We first observed the service disruption beginning at the end of May. As of today, Google services are still under disruption. Greatfire.org, a site dedicated to monitoring the Great Firewall of China, reports similar observations. Currently, http://www.google.com.hk is accessible only very rarely, and if [...]

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Wechat Opens Content to Sogou

Wechat Opens Content to Sogou

| June 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Wechat has been growing really fast for the past two years and became the most popular social platform across China. As we all know, Wechat has its unique eco system, and the content is not open to any search engines. However, this was yesterday. June 9, 2014, Tencent opened Wechat content to Sogou. People now [...]

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Daum–Kakao Merger – New Playing Field in the Korean Search Engine Market

Daum–Kakao Merger – New Playing Field in the Korean Search Engine Market

| May 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

On May 26th, 2014, Daum Communications Corp. and Kakao Corp. announced one of Korea’s biggest Internet-based mergers in history. The merger is currently under review, but if approved, the new company will be called ‘Daum-Kakao’. Daum was founded in 1995 and was the leading search engine in Korea back then. After the rise of Naver [...]

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Mixi Japan Financially Back on Track but Still No Competition to Facebook

Mixi Japan Financially Back on Track but Still No Competition to Facebook

| May 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

It is widely known by now that Mixi lost the battle for being the most popular Social Network Service (SNS) or Social Media Platform in Japan to global and local giants, such as Facebook, Twitter and Line. However, with its latest financial success thanks to the mobile app ‘Monster Strike’, Mixi seems to rise again, [...]

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