Thomas Crampton

Social Media in China and across Asia

Internet

China’s Online Dating Booms, To Reduce Choice

May 8, 2012

China’s Online Dating Booms, To Reduce Choice

In contrast to online dating in the United States and Europe – where people turn to the Internet to increase choice – Evan Osnos writes in The New Yorker this week about how Chinese netizens use dating sites to narrow their choices. “I once watched a twenty-three-year-old woman search for dates in Beijing, where there

10 Predictions for China’s Internet in 2011

Mar 29, 2011

10 Predictions for China’s Internet in 2011

Been meaning to post this list of prediction for China’s Internet from Dick Wei of JP Morgan for a while. Although published in January, all the predictions look valid still in late March! Any predictions you would add (or change)? (1) eCommerce to see wider adoption, driven by convenience, lower-price alternatives to traditional retail, and

Mobile: China’s Women Start Surfing

Sep 8, 2010

Mobile: China’s Women Start Surfing

China’s mobile Internet users may be overwhelmingly male (89.1%), but research from Analysys shows that the number of women browsing on their phones has jumped from 5.1% of mobile phone surfers in 2009 to 10.9% in 2010. China is, of course, the world’s largest mobile phone market, meaning that a gender shift this swift will

Vietnam Internet: More Social, Mobile and Private

Jun 5, 2010

Vietnam Internet: More Social, Mobile and Private

In Vietnam for a few days at the World Economic Forum’s East Asia Summit and picked up a few statistics from a Yahoo/TNS study of the Internet usage in Vietnam. In sum, Vietnam’s Internet is increasingly a social (access to Social Networks is skyrocketing), mobile (More people are getting online via mobile, especially in Ho

China: Internet kills TV, papers and radio

May 13, 2010

China: Internet kills TV, papers and radio

Synovate released an interesting study that shows how much time Chinese youth spend on the Internet vs TV vs newspapers. Not surprisingly TV, Internet and Mobile dominate. The Internet beats wins in all cities from tier 1 to tier 5, losing out to TV and mobile in rural China.

A Snapshot: Japan’s Top 50 Websites

Mar 9, 2010

A Snapshot: Japan’s Top 50 Websites

Where exactly is Japan’s Internet activity taking place? What are the Japanese looking at, searching in and blogging on? My colleagues in the Tokyo Ogilvy Digital Influence team compiled a list of some of the most widely visited websites in Japan. You can download the list from Slideshare here. Some editorial and qualitative judgments were

Poll Result: Best VPN to leap China’s Great Firewall?

Mar 26, 2009

Poll Result: Best VPN to leap China’s Great Firewall?

With the recent blockage of YouTube in China, I am once again searching for the best proxy service to allow full Internet usage from the PRC. Based on a wildly unscientific poll this morning of those people who follow my Twitter feed (with more than 25 responses), here’s an overview of the services people use

Benjamin Joffe

Mar 8, 2009

Benjamin Joffe

Some of Benjamin Joffe’s specialties are Asian innovation, stereotype deconstruction and techno-anthropology, says his Linked In profile. It’s little wonder then that he’s now at the forefront of social media applications in China and beyond. Joffe is founder and CEO of plus8star – a cross-cultural innovation consulting company and is also a partner at the

Orkut 3x bigger than Facebook in India

Feb 17, 2009

Orkut 3x bigger than Facebook in India

Latest research from ComScore about India is that Orkut beat Facebook in December 2008 with more than 12.8 million visitors, an increase of 81 percent from the previous year. Orkut’s audience was three times the size of its nearest competitor in the category, Facebook.com. Facebook had 4 million visitors, up 150 percent versus year ago,

Rebecca MacKinnon: China’s Newly Subtle Internet Censorship

Aug 14, 2008

Rebecca MacKinnon writes in today’s Wall Street Journal and in her blog on her recent research showing how – despite China’s assurances to open up the Internet during the Olympics – censorship continues. (Cue: shocked gasps) Interestingly, she found newly subtle and sophisticated approaches to censorship. The newly subtle approach: The strategy seems clear: Give

Beijing Olympics Advice from ex-CNN journalist

Jul 27, 2008

Journalists coming to cover the Beijing Olympics must balance convenience and paranoia when it comes to their digital security, according to Rebecca MacKinnon, former Beijing Bureau Chief of CNN who now teaches digital journalism at Hong Kong University. In this video Rebecca offers tips on how to: 1- Get behind the Great Firewall The Beijing

Oiwan Lam: China’s 50-cent Twitter Censors

Jul 10, 2008

The Chinese government hires a small army of freelance censors to manipulate opinion in chatrooms, blogs and now even Twitter, Oiwan Lam, a prominent Chinese-language blogger currently writing for Global Voices and Inmediahk, says in this video. Some of Oiwan’s friends have done stints as online censors, getting paid 50 cents per comment, to earn

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