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#2 – Asia’s version of twitter?

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment

Social media is taking over the world and Asia is not excluded. One of the famous social media site is Twitter, which was launched in 2006. As many of us would know, Twitter is a microblogging site that enables us to send and read posts of maximum 140 characters, better known as tweets. In case you are not sure what twitter is about, the video below OR this video would be helpful.

Not impressed with the international success that twitter has? Let the figures below blow you away.

           

With its international success, there are bound to be clones of the original. As the saying goes, “imitation is the greatest form of flattery.” In Asia, two microblogging sites that have been garnering attention in its country and slowly worldwide are me2day (South Korea) and Weibo (China).

According to Wikipedia, me2day is “a microblogging and social networking service in South Korea acquired and owned by NHN Corporation. It allows users to send and receive up to 150 characters to each other”. In an essence, me2day works the same way as twitter, updating and sharing content with your friends.

Unlike twitter, me2day did not receive instant popularity when it was released in 2007. However, numerous Korean celebrities are joining the micro-blogging blogosphere today. With many creating their own me2day account, more people (particularly fans) are creating an account just to feel a connection with their favorite celebrity. Ultimately, this helped in the growth of the number of me2day users. To date, there are 8 million accounts registered on me2day.

China too decided to join on the micro-blogging bandwagon with Weibo. Launched in 2009, the number of users has since reached 300 million users in just 2 years. According to Guardian, “The most commonly shared content on Weibo is jokes, images and video, most of which are retweets. The effect is less comment on shared comment, but there is also less sharing of news stories.”

Today, many of us use social media in our daily lifes in various forms such as blogs, social networking sites or microblogs such as those mentioned above. Although the interface and features of the microblogs differs from one another, its main use of sharing bits and pieces of information about our lives to friends through the use of Internet is still the same. Maybe the reason why microblogging is so popular today is that one can share information about their life without being too explicit. So what do you think about the 2 clones of twitter mentioned above?