A Chinese idiom says:”History serves as a mirror to reflect the status quo and future”, better yet, it can guide you through a bumpy ride avoiding pitfalls that you might fall into had it not been for the lessons you learn by reflecting on the past.

In the ChinaBangAwards 2012’, an award aiming to wrap up China Internet in the past year – through which we can ponder about the past and capture the trend for the coming year, held by the leading China tech-centric blog media TechNode, we nominated Top 5 startups/techies under different categories ranging from mobile social networking services, touch-enabled games, reading services to seed fund investor. You can tell what has been going on last year in their respective territories by taking a closer look at all those nominees and the technology, innovation, business model behind them.

The top 5 fall under Most Favorable Mobile Social Apps category include: Jiepang, Renren, Weixin, Immomo.com and Zaizher.im. Jiepang has been leading the Chinese LBS market with its innovative thinking in bridging the gap between local merchants and consumers for quite a while as other LBS services are either making ‘strategic shift’ or struggling to weather through fierce competition. Renren, the first social networking site got listed in NYSE last year retained its strong market position though facing fierce competition from the rise of other social media platforms like Sina Weibo. Weixin curated by Tencent ran like a dark horse, the Kik/Talkbox mix now has more than 50 million registered users while 20 million of which are active users. Immomo represents an idea similar to the elastic social networking originally raised by Color, you get to see who’re around you and can get to know them through random talking in the first place. Zizher is kinda similar to Immomo plus Bump and more professional-centric.

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Ben Jiang

Listener of startups, writer on tech. Maker of things, dreamer by choice.