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  • Tom 8:34 pm on September 14, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Asian social networking, avatar, , , , Cyworld, DeNA, , , 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, 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 …)

  • Tom 6:25 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: digital marketing, influenza, , recommendations, SMEs, social networking, , , , , , , tour reviews, , , , , tourism thailand, , , , , travel Web board, , trips, Web 2.0, World Wide Web   

    Push for information technology in tourism 

    technology in tourism

    In a bid to strengthen Thailand’s flagship tourism industry, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Tourism Technology Association (TTA) are urging local tourism businesses to adopt the latest technologies, ranging from use of the Internet to Web 2.0, social networking and digital marketing.

    The two organisations believe technology could give tourism businesses greater capabilities and competitiveness in the current challenging situation brought about by the economic downturn and the type-A (H1N1) influenza pandemic. (More …)

    • businesssprouts 7:25 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      reading your post gave great insight into IT in different markets such as tourism. thanks,



  • Tom 6:38 am on August 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Angry of Green Girl, bikini, bikinis, , eco-conscious people, green product, Hollywood, Hybrid car, message boards, Models, product reviews, social networking, wash car, webiste   

    Photos: Wash me. 

    Models green bikinis

    Models in green bikinis wash a Hybrid car for free in Hollywood, California on August 25, 2009 to celebrate the worldwide launch of the website Angry of Green Girl (www.angrygreengirl.com). The webiste features green product reviews, message boards, social networking for eco-conscious people.

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