(Digerati) Eighty Seconds and HanHan’s HooHa

Japan has had a tumultuous week – and we wish a speedy recovery and support for those in need. I am glad that digital has played a positive role to reunite families and engage the world to come to support a nation in need. Meanwhile we have more anarchy from the freeks at 4chan, HanHan’s complaint against Baidu for stealing his writing and a comparison of Weibo over twitter.

Japan – Eighty seconds
Asia Pacific -  HanHan’s hooha!
The Social Web – Pistols, large “assets” and zombie apocalypse


Japan tweets its way out of disaster
Since the earthquake hit, Twitter, Facebook, Mixi, YouTube and sites like Google’s Crisis Response have taken the lead to a degree never before seen in emergencies. Just as Facebook served as a way for Egyptian citizens to coordinate their efforts in the recent uprising in that country, so has social media like Twitter become “the go-to service in emergencies.” Within an hour of the disaster, tweets originating from Tokyo topped 1,200 per minute.

Earthquake – how Tokyo got an eighty second head start
Residents of Tokyo likely had about 80 seconds of warning before a devastating quake rumbled through the city after striking 373 kilometers away, off Japan’s northeast coast, thanks to a new early warning system.

Japanese social media company raises millions in two days
Within 2 days of the earthquake devastating parts of the Japan, the country’s Mixi social network had already raised over $1.5 million dollars for a Japan relief fund through a pledge option that appeared upon sign-in.

How Japan’s disaster may damage the tech industry
Japan is the home base for much of the world’s high-tech industry. NAND flash, DRAM, batteries, gaming, and GPS are just a few of the Japan-based industries that have already seen major delays and interruptions in the wake of the earthquake.

Apple’s role in Japan during the earthquake
An email from a Japan-based Apple employee reveals that Apple went above-and-beyond following the earthquake, allowing all staff and family members to sleep at Apples stores, which they stocked with food and drink for retail and corporate staff alike. Apple stores also allowed people to come in off the streets to charge their phones and other devices in order to contact family members.

Asia-Pacific Region

Is Weibo better than Twitter?
Weibo (t.sina.com.cn), the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, launched in August 2009, this microblogging platform has already attracted over 100 million users, and continues to grow at a rate of 10 million new users per month. The website is particularly popular with China’s media and style communities, and Western labels like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry have all begun testing ideas for campaigns on the platform.

HanHan’s HooHa – Chinese writers accuse Baidu of stealing
More than 40 writers, including controversial blogger Han Han, have signed a letter claiming Baidu provided their works for free to download on its online library Baidu Wenku without their permission.

Facebook’s India-style viral curve in Brazil
Facebook is on track to overtake Orkut as Brazil’s primary social network. The way in which this happens is similar to the fall of Friendster in Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, but shows the greatest similarities to India’s recent Facebook curve.
(Thanks to Thomas Crampton for the link)

Chinese e-commerce giant launches online campaign to fight piracy
In the wake of being named a “notorious piracy market” by a US government report, Taobao announced on Monday that it will launch a major campaign to stop online piracy and counterfeiting. The business-to-consumer outlet also announced that eighty-nine other international brands (such as Gucci and Apple) will join the initiative.

eBay Philippines – brand eStores, group buying, women entrepreneurs and charity fundraising
eBay Philippines has revealed that it quietly began operations on its first-ever group buying site in the world in the Philippines and expressed openness to e-commerce possibilities for brands.

The Social Web

Founder of the controversial 4chan website forms a new outlet
4chan, one of the largest forums on the Internet with an estimated twelve million visitors a month, has been called “the darkest corner of the Internet” because of its anonymous nature and controversial, often disturbing, postings. Its creator, 23-year old Christopher Poole, has a new venture, announced at SXSW this year. The site, Canvas, allows people to upload images and watch as other members on the site add to and remix the content.
4chan – browse at your own risk: http://www.4chan.org/ - Current postings include a man showing off his new pistol by pointing it at his yellow lab, video gamers discussing the “assets” of a popular new female character, and extensive tips for survival in the case of a zombie apocalypse.
What is Canv.as? http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/canvas-details-4chan/
The new site is an image-sharing destination where users can upload content for the rest of the community to discuss and share Photoshopped versions of. The site is currently in beta, but expect it to launch publicly in the near future.