I am often later to understand the significance of a new platform than I would like to admit. It happened with ‘twitter’ and with ‘foursquare’. Both platforms did not impress me at the start and at the time and I could not understand why a following had developed around these tools. But Foursquare and Gowalla seemed to have carved an interesting niche with their social-network “check-in” services, which have tied in nicely with the rise of Twitter and Facebook status updates.

So over this Chinese National holiday, I took the opportunity to spend much more time exploring the foursquare  app and then started to compare them to the local Chinese versions. It was remardable just how closely resembled their Western cousins but in one respect, made my time to learn much faster.

China has its own lively, location-based sites that are better adapted to their users (this means that they are in Chinese and support the connecting to Chinese SNS sites like renren, douban, Sina and kaixin). In China, LBSNS started relively late, and the local Chinese landscape consist of Bedo, L99, Mogutuan, Play4f, Jiepang, Duolequ, dianping.com However, the one that appears to have moved into the leadership position is Jeipang.

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