MySpace China

August 31, 2007

Not quite search marketing, but foreign money is still inflating the Chinese market.  Massive advertising company WPP has bought into MySpace China.  Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp allowed this site to develop almost from scratch.


Gloomy prognosis for Google China

July 26, 2007

Bloomberg has a rather gloomy article (well for Westerners) about how Western internet companies can never get to the number one spot.  (Google could tell them, if it had any sense, that number two spot is lucrative enough thank you).

Alibaba under fire over shark fins

July 26, 2007

How’s this for a clash of values?  Sharks are popular in the west.  Shark fin soup is popular in China.  Sharks need to be killed to get the fins for the soup.  Alibaba hosts plenty of sellers of shark fins.  Guess what some westerners think of that?

Starbucks and China: The forgotten dimension

July 21, 2007

The case about Starbucks leaving the forbidden city has been portrayed as a case of Chinese cultural chauvinism or pride (although why there are so many Starbucks in China is not explained). 

What is important is that a petition of 500,000 was started on the internet against a government policy. 

There’s  a similar story about a cat rescue co-ordinated over the internet, citizen activism is a real story in at least some parts of China.  This may be a sign of greater freedom, or it may be seen as a threat to the regime.

Although the internet is by no means as free as in the West, it is still free in comparison to what people imagine the Chinese internet to be.

Internet blamed for teenage pregnancies in Shanghai

July 20, 2007

Teenage pregnancy is becoming a problem in the coastal cities, as apparantly is internet dating.

It’s actually a serious issue as the anti-pornography side to Chinese internet censorship is a far more important side to the “Great Firewall of China” than many in the West credit.  This could be uncontrollable internally, although a lot of “web 2.0” applications may suffer in the meantime as the Chinese government sees a non-political reason to crack down on social media.

Chinese internet censorship is far more a case of fears about social stability than it is about guilt over student protests.

Chinese Tourists and the West

July 14, 2007

Old but gold time again.  This time the Guardian writes about what attracts Chinese tourists to the UK, and by extension the West.

Advertising Trust – some way to go

July 4, 2007

Gord Hotchkiss of the Eye Tracking survey has something more to say (at the bottom of the article).  Depending on the way you look at it, Chinese advertisers are not trusted to the extent of American advertisers – or they are a few years behind.