It is difficult to access Chinese online social media. We know the market is massive, but unfortunately, it’s highly segmented.

In western web, when you talk about social networks, always it’s either Facebook or Linkedin; when talk about microblogging, it’s Twitter; For Group buying, it’s clearly Groupon; even for LBS which is relatively new and not that mature, it’s Foursquare taking the lead. But in China, things are getting funny and complicated.

You may not need me remind you of some old stories such as Chinese social networks (RenRen, Kaixin001 etc), Video services (Youku, Tudou etc), Groupon (Lashou, Meituan, Manzuo etc) and so on. The latest news like Sina’s microblogging service which is quite popular, but don’t forget other big portals Tencent, Sohu etc are offering the same. Their services are not strong as Sina’s, but can you ignore? I bet you would not; For location based service, Chinese also has plenty of choice, Jiepang, Kaikai, Qieke etc; even for Android app store, there are a few options, Aimi8, gFan, eoeMarket etc.

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Gang Lu

Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.