Clone Spotting, No 1: Twitter vs me2DAY

NOTE: This begins what may be a regular series kick-started by Richard with his post on Wednesday.

In a manner befitting the Clone Spotting series, this first entry was largely “inspired” by these two posts written last year by Seoul Space’s very own Richard Choi and Victor Ching. So without any further ado…

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Android the Big Winner in Korea’s Ongoing Smartphone Boom

New figures from the Korea Communications Commission show that Korea now has more than 10 million registered smartphones. To put this in some perspective, in December 2009 (when the iPhone arrived), there were just 800,000, a number that had shot up to 2.47 million by last June, 7.22 million in December and just over 10 million by the 23rd of this month.

Here’s a pie chart showing ownership by age group:

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SMU’s Digital Media Wiki is Complete!

A few weeks ago I mentioned that some students at Singapore Management University had been in touch with me about a Wiki they were making about digital media across Asia. Well, their hard work is now complete, and you can see the results here.

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I haven’t had time to look the whole thing over yet (it includes a LOT of research) but they seem to have done a splendid job. In fact, the only really questionable comment I can see so far is their referring to me as an “expert” (but it’s very flattering nonetheless!).

SNS Yet Another Source of Stress for Harried Korean Salarymen

As if punishing hours, English mania, coerced drinking sessions and economic uncertainty weren’t enough, Korea’s downtrodden workers now have another source of stress to add to the list: social media.

In a recent study by the Korean arm of job portal Incruit, 35 percent of 249 company workers cited SNS as a source of stress. Here’s why:

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SNS Chipping Away at Real Name System

Of all Korea’s internet quirks, perhaps none has raised both domestic and international hackles like the real-name system. Implemented, at least in part, to curb the worst excesses of anonymous netizens in Korea, it has led to accusations of “big brother” politics at home, and saw YouTube (which was unwilling to have its Korean site submit to the law) make South Korea the only country in the world where users could access the site, but couldn’t post on its comment boards.

But changes in the internet landscape, prompted largely by social media, are raising questions about the viability of the whole system.

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Groupon Arrives in Korea

As reported yesterday on Bloter and elsewhere, Groupon, the grand-daddy of social commerce, is opening for business in Korea on the 14th of this month.

As Richard Choi has written before, Groupon will be entering a market where social commerce is already fiercely competitive. From practically nothing at the beginning of 2010, social commerce was worth more than 50 billion won a year later, with new sites cropping up seemingly by the week.

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Nate’s Big Fightback: Live Feeds, Social Searches … and a Hook-up with China?

I recently¬†wrote a post looking at the contrasting fortunes of Google and Korea’s tottering SNS giant Cyworld. As much as anyone, I was very sceptical that Cyworld could regain its swagger in Korea, let alone succeed in its second attempt to crack social media markets overseas.

But some recent articles in the Digital Daily and the Hanguk Kyongje have got me thinking again.

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