Social Networking

Bebo founder buys back US$850m social network for US$1m

The Bebo social networking site home page. Photo: AFP

The internet entrepreneur who sold the social networking site Bebo to AOL for US$850 million five years ago has bought it back - for a mere US$1 million. Michael Birch, who co-founded the site with his wife, Xochi, in 2005, tweeted "We just bought back Bebo for US$1m. Can we actually re-invent it? Who knows, but will be fun trying."

Thursday, 4 July, 2013, 3:23am

LinkedIn, others face challenges against China ‘guanxi’

California-based LinkedIn has 200 million worldwide users, but only 1 per cent of that come from China. Photo: AP

Professional social networking websites such as LinkedIn trying to tap into China’s vast business world are finding a formidable domestic foe – the ingrained system of personal connections known as guanxi.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Tweet blog takes twittering to the end

Reeva Steenkamp. Photo: AP

Someone's famous last words are now likely to be famous last tweets. A blog launched last week, captures some of those final 140-character comments as part of a tribute to the newly departed.

18 Feb 2013 - 5:47am

Chen Lu founded online community to help students go abroad

Chen Lu is founder of CAPE, which enables young people to reach out to each other and share experiences about their studies or lives in overseas countries. Photo: SMP

Chen Lu is still a little bitter about a visa mishap that cost him the chance to go to India four years ago, but he used the experience as motivation and co-founded an online community that brings together mainland students and people with business ambitions. 

17 Feb 2013 - 5:38am