This issue of Talking Points wishes you a Happy New Year and takes note of some of the noted Chinese who passed away this year and some talented Americans who contributed to greater understanding of China. And we note the passing of George Michael, the British musician who helped expand China's cultural universe in the 1980s.
Xiaonei: Just Another Networking Brigade
By Yao Xu
ON AN AVERAGE DAY IN CHINA, 2,000 new users create an account in the college social network Xiaonei 校内. As of July 2007, 0.086% of the global internet users visit Xiaonei on a daily basis. 96.2% of these internet users are from
Students in the
Xiaonei officially launched in December 2005 in
The site’s success attracted the attention of Oak Pacific Interactive (OPI), the Chinese internet business organization and creator of a similar college social network called 5Q. OPI bought Xiaonei in October 2006. The number of users logging into 5Q plummeted within the last six month while Xiaonei continues to soar in its ratings.
However, Xiaonei’s popularity cannot match Facebook. The
Alexa, “The Facebook.com,” http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?url=facebook.com.
Alexa, “Xiaonei.com,” http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?url=xiaonei.com.
“Apophenia: list of non-English social network sites,” http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2007/06/02/list_of_nonengl.html.
China Web 2.0 Review, “Campus Social Networks Hot Again,” http://www.cwrblog.net/316/chinese-campus-social-network-hot-again.html.
MObinoDe, “Another Copycat’s Story: Xiaonei.com is Bought by Oak Pacific Interactive,” http://www.mobinode.com/?p=60.
Mashable Social Networking News, “Blatant Facebook Rip-Off Gets Acquired,” http://mashable.com/2006/10/24/blatant-facebook-rip-off-gets-acquired.
Mr. Wave Theory, “Chinese Facebook Gets Acquired,” http://mrwavetheory.blogspot.com/2006/10/chinese-facebook-xiaonei-gets-acquired.html
Pacific Epoch, “Founder of Oak Pacific Subsidiary to Resign,” www.pacificepoch.com/newsstories/101226_0_5_0_M/ - Jul 5, 2007.
校内网王兴：创业就像被闪电击中 必须一路专注 (an interview with Wang Xing) http://tech.tom.com/2006-03-18/04C1/29720295.html.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a book talk by Terry Lautz to examine the life of John Birch, an American missionary and military intelligence officer in China during WWII. He was killed in a dispute with Chinese Communist soldiers and later became the namesake of the controversial right-wing John Birch Society.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a book talk by Stein Ringen. In "The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century," Stein examines how China’s distinctive governmental system works and where it may be moving.