OK. Facebook does not want to forget about China, and finally it might be coming in 2011.

TechCrunch thinks Facebook might partner with Sina. I am not 100% sure, but I have the feeling that it more likely will be Baidu. Tencent as a tough competitor is not possible; Alibaba and China Mobile I don’t see the reason why they should enter the social network space and what’s the value they could bring to Facebook; but Baidu, as one of the biggest Internet companies in China, it has the users, content and dominates local search market but its market share on social networking is almost zero. Furthermore, Robin Li was also reported several times meeting with Mark Zuckerberg.

The rumor also says that Facebook for China might be operating separately from Facebook main site, i.e. both sites might not share the same user database or content, which reminds me of the MySpace in China. I assume there will be a local team set up for operating Facebook China, but please do remember the lesson from MySpace China. If Mark want a success for Facebook in China, he should be bold enough to leave the local team decide how they are going to localize the service. MySpace failed in the end.

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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.