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  • Tom 8:34 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Asian social networking, avatar, , , , Cyworld, DeNA, , facebook, Facebook gifts, , GREE fishing game, Habbo, Meanwhile, , MySpace, networking sites, , New York Times, online game, online games, pet, Pet Society, play games, Playfish, playing, playing games, PopCap, purchasing, QQ, Qzone, social games, social network, , social networking sites, , , Tsuri Star 2, Tudou, , virtual, virtual money, virtual pets   

    Asian social networking sites profit from virtual money 

    The Australia-based uSocial is selling friends and fans to Facebook members. Reuters photo.

    The Australia-based uSocial is selling friends and fans to Facebook members. Reuters photo.

    By selling an array of virtual products from avatar clothes to e-furniture, Asia’s social networking sites appear to have solved the conundrum of how to leverage big profits from their extensive user bases.

    It’s simple, they say, the money might be virtual but the profits are all too real.

    Chinese university student Tan Shengrong spends about 20 yuan ($2.90) per month purchasing outfits for her pet penguin avatar or playing games on QQ, an instant message portal on Qzone, China’s most popular social networking site.

    It might not seem like a hefty sum, but every fen, or cent, is money in the bank for Tencent Holdings, which owns Qzone and saw an 85 percent increase in its second quarter net profit this year compared to 2008 despite the economic downturn.

    “They keep growing even though the economy’s bad because they keep making millions from cents from millions and millions of people,” said Benjamin Joffe, head of Internet consulting firm Plus Eight Star. (More …)

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  • Tom 10:55 am on September 6, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Blackberry, blogs, , cell phones, , , Emirates Airlines, , Explorers, facebook, , , , , , packages, , Photos, , , social media, , Spa treatments, , , , Thailand Explorers, Thailand hotel, , , , , , travel awards, , , , twitter, , , websites, , youtube   

    CALLING ALL INTERNET SAVVY WORLD TRAVELLERS 

    Get a free trip to Thailand

    Get a free trip to Thailand

    Enter the Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition:
    Get a free trip to Thailand and a chance to win over $15,000 in cash and prizes

    The Tourism Authority of Thailand invites travellers from around the world to apply to become contestants in the Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition, an exciting concept in integrated online travel marketing.

    Five teams from across the globe will be provided with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: 6 expenses-paid days exploring the sights and attractions in five of Thailand’s world famous holiday destinations: Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui.

    Each day the teams of competitors must visit the many fantastic attractions and activities at their chosen destinations and then share their experiences with the online community by uploading videos, photos, and stories on various websites including, youtube, facebook, twitter, and blogs. (More …)

     
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