RenRen claims itself as Chinese Facebook, but as we look closer into the Beijing based company, in many ways, it is not as successful as its U.S. counterpart .  We have discussed these in previous posts, Thoughts On RenRen’s IPO and RenRen is Just a Social Network Not a Chinese Facebook.

Another point worth noticing is that: while both started from university students, Facebook have successfully expanded its coverage, to anyone aged 12 – 60 years old, RenRen is still a predominated university students focus.

“People use RenRen when they are still in the universities, and switch to Sina Weibo when they start working,” said a hedge fund manager invested in Chinese internet stocks.

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Sherman So

Author of Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution, the first book to completely survey the nature of China's internet. (http://redwiredrevolution.com/) She previously was the lead China technology reporter...