Lots of meetings and talks last week when I was in Beijing. Here I wrap up some good ones (rumors and facts) to share with you.

1. Joe Chen, CEO of Oak Pacific Interactive, the owner of Xiaonei which is the leading SNS and the most successful Facebook clone in China said in the iResearch VIP dinner, its Kaixin.com is now bigger than the super hot Kaixin001.com. I am not sure what metric Joe is referring to, but at least Alexa says it is not true.

  1. On the other side, the rumor about Kaixin001 is that it will secure its $20 million second round fund very soon. So will that prove that the winter in China web is not that cold?

  2. The time for Chinese microblogging is probably coming soon. Reason: a). Recently I found some Chinese VC friends are on twitter, and I guess you do not need me to tell why they are there; b). Digu was launched two months ago and Maopao, a new twitter liker founded by a co-founder of Xiaonei is currently in private test; c). The big news is that some friends said China Mobile was planning its own microblogging service. Yep! Chinese twittersphere is getting hot!

  3. Although Netvibes was suffering some complain from blogosphere and people question whether personalized homepage can work in the end, Baidu seems working on a similar project: http://220.181.6.16/.

  4. How many SNSs do we have in China? The answer does not really matter. Another Chinese portal will join SNS war: Sohu’s SNS is in private test.

  5. It is confirmed that AOL China will be closed soon. Another failure for foreign internet service in China.

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  1. GL, I hear Kaixin.com has ridiculous PV metrics because most of it's on-site activity is driven by gaming that “requires” constant page refreshing, etc….perhaps this is the metric Joe is referring to. I have to admit, I've been sucked into their casual gaming offering…for hours at a time…arrr.I also agree that this year is likely *the* year for microblogging in China, but it will be a long time before it hits mainstream online culture here…Twitter still hasn't even done that in the West…but, perhaps MB platforms are better not being mainstream.It will be interesting to see Sohu's SNS product, but does the Chinese Internet really need another generic SNS offering? I think Chinese netizens will start to either turn back to more niche / vertical BBS forums for SN'ing, or find smaller, more focused SNS. Users are getting lost in the masses on the big players.I don't think the personalized / aggregated homepage format is consistent with Chinese netizen usage behavior. I don't see it being successful.88 AOL ;-)Great post, thanks for sharing.// AjS

  2. GL, I hear Kaixin.com has ridiculous PV metrics because most of it's on-site activity is driven by gaming that “requires” constant page refreshing, etc….perhaps this is the metric Joe is referring to. I have to admit, I've been sucked into their casual gaming offering…for hours at a time…arrr.I also agree that this year is likely *the* year for microblogging in China, but it will be a long time before it hits mainstream online culture here…Twitter still hasn't even done that in the West…but, perhaps MB platforms are better not being mainstream.It will be interesting to see Sohu's SNS product, but does the Chinese Internet really need another generic SNS offering? I think Chinese netizens will start to either turn back to more niche / vertical BBS forums for SN'ing, or find smaller, more focused SNS. Users are getting lost in the masses on the big players.I don't think the personalized / aggregated homepage format is consistent with Chinese netizen usage behavior. I don't see it being successful.88 AOL ;-)Great post, thanks for sharing.// AjS

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