Google Chinese Social Networking

Reuters are reporting that “Google revealed on Monday that it had acquired a stake in Chinese community Web site Tianya.cn.

This is hardly surprising give the size of the Chinese market, and the need for Google to catch Baidu.com, which dominates the Chinese search market.


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Reuters report:

Venture capital investment in Chinese social networking sites has bloomed since Google bought top online video-sharing site YouTube for $1.65 billion (830.4 million pounds) late last year.

Again, a good indication that this Web 2.0 thing is a global construct. See my Takeaway piece in Multilingual for more insights into how I think Web 2.0 will end organized localization as we know it.

Ultan Ó Broin
Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally. Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.

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