etao, the other social discovery of Alibaba Group

Weibo is not the only social tool of e-commerce group Alibaba, they have also etao.

etao.com, Alibaba Group’s social shopping platform, is 58th website in China according to Alexa. It is a place dedicated to discovery through images.

Social shopping websites allow users to post photos of items on virtual pin boards, which others can comment on. Some sites allow users to purchase some of the items by clicking on the photos.

Unlike other U.S. social shopping websites like Pinterest, all the items on etao can be purchased through its two main e-commerce websites, Taobao Mall and Taobao Marketplace.

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In China,  social shopping websites, such as Mogujie, LinkChic  have been launched but are not successful like etao. Meilishuo is doing better being ranked 220th website in China.

Over the long run, social commerce in China will be bigger than the United States.

We don’t know yet how successful the service will be on smartphones in the years to come. Chat app called Wemeet was launched by Sina to get more smartphone users in Alibaba world.

The Fight for Smartphone Users: Global App for Free Communication

6 months after a post called Messaging App: The War for Users on Mobile Goes On!  Chat applications are still fighting for users.

Whatsapp is the winning currently the race even though WeChat and Line are very powerful. We should see a fight mostly between Whatsapp and WeChat as of now.

The app called Facebook Messenger has lost some ground since May 2013 compared to Whatsapp.

WeChat launched a French version in October.

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Alliance of Chinese Tech Giant with an Insurance Company

There is another change coming from Chinese Internet giants: Alibaba along with Tencent, another Chinese tech giant, and Ping An, one of the country’s largest insurance companes, has established a new online insurance company. The new company, in which Alibaba is the largest shareholder, is reportedly going to offer insurance policies tailored to the online economy, including virtual property and e-commerce. It will feature the combination of Alibaba and Tencent’s tech experience and marketing platform with Ping An’s expertise in structuring insurance packages.

This partnership illustrates how profoundly the Internet is changing established business practices in China and how powerful the country’s tech giants have become.

Sources:

http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2013/11/06/aging-gracefully-chinas-internet-heads-to-launch-insurance-venture/

http://www.alibabagroup.com/en/global/home

http://about.pingan.com/en/index.shtml

 

 

 

 

WeChat in French / WeChat en français

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Since the last version 5.0.3.17, the French speaking community, lovers of Twitter, are now able to use WeChat in French. The potential is huge in France, the country of Minitel, bip bop, Concorde… Believe it or not French people love technology and innovation. The Chinese app has 500 million users of which half active. The chat app is ranked second after Line (this ranking does not includes Facebook).

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Depuis la version 5.0.3.17 mise en ligne le 24 octobre 2013, la communauté française, adepte de Twitter, est maintenant capable d’utiliser l’application mobile WeChat qui connait un succès phénoménal en Asie. L’application de messagerie instantanée a une base de 500 millions d’utilisateurs dont la moitié active, elle se place juste derrière Whatsapp et devant Line.

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Laiwang, New Chat Application by Alibaba

Laiwang is a new mobile application now launched and will compete with wechat, whatsapp, wemeet, line, twitter, sinaweibo, and facebook. It is very similar to WeChat.

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China: Market Share of Search Engines by Revenue for Q3 2013

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EXCLUSIF: Facebook et Twitter autorisés dans la zone spéciale de Shanghai?

Facebook et Twitter ont été interdits en Chine continentale depuis 2009. Les réseaux sociaux influencent la population et pourraient jouer un rôle important dans les mouvements politiques. Au cours des dernières années, le gouvernement de la Chine a été préoccupé par l’impact de ces nouveaux médias sur la stabilité sociale.

Les nouveaux médias comme Facebook et Twitter, mais aussi le site du journal américain New York Times sont considérés comme des sites politiquement sensibles par le gouvernement chinois.

Recemment, la responsable des opérations de Facebook Sheryl Sandberg a rencontré Cai Mingzhao, le responsable du State Council Information Office à Beijing.

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Les hauts dirigeants chinois, y compris le premier ministre Li Keqiang sont désireux d’utiliser les zones de libre-échange comme un terrain d’essai en matière de réformes économiques et financières importantes.

Selon South China Morning Post, le gouvernement de la Chine aurait pris la décision historique de lever l’interdiction d’accès à Internet à des sites américains au sein de la nouvelle zone de libre-échange de Shanghai. Les motifs de la décision seraient expliqués par la volonté de laisser les étrangers vivre, travailler et se sentir comme chez eux mais aussi d’attirer davantage d’investissements étrangers. A confirmer tant cette nouvelle serait un changement important.

La zone de libre-échange s’ouvrirait aussi aux offres étrangères de sociétés de télécommunications pour fournir des services Internet au sein de la nouvelle zone économique spéciale.

Pour rappel, fin août, le Conseil d’Etat chinois, a approuvé le lancement d’une zone de libre-échange à Shanghai, qui s’étend sur 28,78 kilomètres carrés à Pudong New Area de la ville, y compris la zone franche de Waigaoqiao, Yangshan, et la zone de l’aéroport international.

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