Honestly, i really hate looking at numbers unless it interests me. And most of the time only 2 kinds of numbers perk me up. It’s got to do with money and stats.
With that, there have been stats released for Asia on the internet audiences and usage by comscore.
Not surprisingly, China comes up tops. India is a close 3rd. and our Singapore is at 9th.
What i think is skewed with these results is the fact that they don’t include traffic from public computers. I mean just counting personal usage, u’re excluding a population who cant afford a computer to access the internet, but who might use it on a fairly regular basis in the cafe.
I’m sure those numbers would significantly increase the numbers stated here. Not in developed countries, but those countries who aren’t as advanced in infrastructure to support wireless or broadband in every home. Of course internet cafes provide a cheaper and faster alternative. I would love to see Indonesia and Vietnam up here.
Anyhow, the report isn’t all that flawed, it does provide some fascinating insights…
· Half of the top 20 properties in the Asia-Pacific region are locally owned entities.
· Although Google Sites and Yahoo Sites combined to capture the majority of search share in the Asia-Pacific region, five of the top 10 search properties are regional engines, including China’s Baidu.com and Korea’s NHN Corporation (Naver.com).
· While Facebook.com is the leading social networking site worldwide, Friendster.com is the top social networking site in Asia-Pacific.
K, I know numbers might bore u, but if u really interested to see how the internet is developing in Asia, these numbers might prove fascinating. If u wanna find out more, check out our wiki! Social media and PR across Asia (Haha, u should’ve seen that coming! Great wiki if u wanna learn more about internet and mobile usage in Asia)
On the other hand, for those who aren’t all that interested, I think Julian Baldwin’s post on Social media gets boring when... has stirred up some feelings in me, some of which include (Similar to some of the responses), same “me too” posts on topics with no insight, same old crowd with no new addition to add to the conversation and malfunctioning microblogging twitter!
While those of us trapped in the “social media circle” wondering what the avg ppl talk about, here’s an interesting article to show you how ppl are coping with the economic troubles using social media. From sharing saving gas tips to grocery shopping savings, its comforting to know that social media isn’t just us chirping away on why it’s good for the businesses or what’s the next hot campaign involving the use of this wonderful medium.