Willingly or not, Douban, the interest-based social network, disclosed some metrics that it would rather not to, if news didn’t break out that several core engineers left in September. It turned out those employees were off to start up their own business, but the seeming public relations crisis forced Douban management to project a number for revenues in 2012, to quiet the media. 80 million yuan ($13mn) doesn’t sound a big number but a OK one since people always doubted Douban could make any money at all.

As of September 2012, Douban had 62 million registered users. Combing the unregistered audience who only read content created by Douban users, it covered over 100 million unique visitors each month, with 160 million daily page-views. Not big numbers at all by Chinese standards. But Douban doesn’t seem like a company that would inflate numbers that far that some of its Chinese peers do. Founded in 2005, Douban’s valuables include user-generated quality content and niche user groups.

As the end of this year is approaching, let’s do some speculations on where and how Douban can pull together the 80 million revenue.

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com