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Social media

Social media refers to the means of interaction among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks. Social media depends on mobile and web-based technologies to create highly interactive platforms through which individuals and communities share, co-create, discuss, and modify user-generated content. It introduces substantial and pervasive changes to communication between organisations, communities and individuals.

ABC anchor Diane Sawyer's bizarre election night behaviour

Presenter Diane Sawyer looks worse for wear on election night

Diane Sawyer's Election Night performance left some US viewers asking if she had begun celebrating a bit early. Co-anchoring ABC News' coverage, the veteran journalist struck a very different manner from her practised, straight style of news delivery.

Friday, 9 November, 2012, 12:36pm

Social media platforms key tool in fraud probes

Unstructured data includes email, voice mail and social media and can help in completing fraud investigations. Photo: Reuters

Social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter and mainland equivalents Renren and Weibo, are proving useful in the investigations of fraud and corruption.

27 Oct 2014 - 5:19am

Beneath China's headline ascent lies a headier online upsurge

China's tech leap forward

Some new words are too delicious to ignore. So it is with "Il Sorpasso", restored to mark the imminent statistical ascent of China to become the world's biggest economy.

8 May 2014 - 4:54am

Using social media to turn a company into a social business

Consumers can now make better decisions with online information.

In Asia, as in the West, social media's explosion in recent years has been due in large part to its ability to help consumers make better buying decisions faster.

8 Feb 2014 - 10:43am

Social networking site LinkedIn names its first China president

LinkedIn has named Derek Shen (inset) as its newly created China president. Photo: AP

LinkedIn has named a China president, indicating the professional networking site intends to formally launch in the country.

17 Jan 2014 - 4:34pm 2 comments

Trending this year among Hong Kong's Facebook users: typhoons, TV and troubled politicians

Trending this year among Hong Kong's Facebook users: typhoons, TV and troubled politicians

Facebook's annual review revealed that Hong Kong's 2.9 million users loved to gossip about politicians and celebrities in 2013, much like devotees of the social media site elsewhere.

15 Dec 2013 - 9:21am

Lawyer warns of online libel risk

A microblogger visits Sina's Weibo website. Photo: Reuters

Henry Wheare, a partner at law firm Hogan Lovells, issued the warning despite the Court of Final Appeal finding in July that the host of a local online forum was protected by "innocent dissemination", given the fact that the forum received a high volume of traffic, and that its host worked to remove potentially defamatory statements in a timely way.

1 Oct 2013 - 9:40pm

Former Google China head Lee Kai-fu sows seeds of change

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

It's afternoon, but technology entrepreneur Lee Kai-fu, has already had a busy day online. He's written 15 updates for his microblog, offering his views on a range of issues to his 50 million followers.

8 Aug 2013 - 8:51am 1 comment

Web sharing hits raw nerve for officials

The rapid-fire spread of information on Weibo and its peers means politics is not the only focus of concern for the authorities. Photo: Reuters

The China Securities Regulatory Commission announced on June 21 tighter supervision of market-sensitive information shared using social media platforms, in particular Weibo, the mainland's largest microblogging service.

8 Jul 2013 - 8:45am

Chinese cities tap Hong Kong's Facebook know-how to launch global face

Chengdu is the first Chinese city to launch an official Facebook page. Photo: SCMP Pictures

When Chengdu launched its Facebook page last year - the first Chinese city to build an official presence on the platform banned on the mainland - the provincial capital of Sichuan looked to Hong Kong for help.

11 Jul 2013 - 8:42am 2 comments

US State Department spent US$630,000 to win Facebook 'likes'

The US State Department is under fire for spending US$630,000 to win millions of 'likes' on its Facebook pages. Photo: AP

The US State Department is under fire for spending US$630,000 over two years to win millions of "likes" on its Facebook pages at a time of severe government austerity measures.

5 Jul 2013 - 4:39am

How much can happen in a Chinese internet minute?

About 3.47 million searches are performed on Baidu every minute. Photo: Reuters

Sixty seconds – a recent report by Resonance China has found – is all it would take for 950,000 microblog posts to be published onto Sina Weibo

12 Jul 2013 - 9:07pm

Nanjing considering Facebook, Twitter access for Asian Youth Games

Flame guards light the lantern from the cauldron during the 2nd Asian Youth Games flame-lighting ceremony in Nanjing, capital city of Jiangsu. Photo: Xinhua

Nanjing authorities are considering whether to “open up” the Great Firewall to Facebook and Twitter, ahead of the 2013 Asian Youth Games in August.

10 Jul 2013 - 2:05pm

Long view guides social media strategy

Illustration: Martin Megino

If anyone still doubts the prominent role of social media in Asia, the latest figures should remove any uncertainty. In China alone, there are more than 560 million internet users. That flows through to impressive numbers for social networks such as Qzone, with more than 530 million users; Renren, 250 million; and micro-blogging site Sina Weibo, 350 million.

1 Jun 2013 - 4:55am

Reading is believing for social media fans

Social media users are happy to try on other people's views for size as shoppers. Photo: Bloomberg

Writing a comment on your Facebook page about the latest mobile phone you just bought or posting a picture on Weibo featuring the new dress you are wearing is not your personal business any more. Increasingly it is influencing other people's buying decisions.

22 May 2013 - 5:30am