While the world’s big focus these days is on Renren preparing to go public, these other networks deserve a look:
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- Douban — a more specialised social networking site, attracts art students and those passionate about books, cinema, culture, and music. Users connect according to their interests and often hold offline activities, such as trips to local art exhibitions.
- Kaixin001 — a platform designed for a more mature audience of young professionals, has a membership that is heavily dominated by white collar workers in Beijing; Guangzhou, Guangdong; Shanghai; and second-tier cities. Users do not upload personal content but rather share information they find elsewhere, often relating to health, relationships, and professional advancement.
- QZone — the first and largest social networking site in China, attracts youth from teens through age 25, often from second- and third-tier cities. A sizable portion of migrant workers, many of whom share personal diaries in a blog-like format, use QZone.
- RenRen — the platform in China most similar to Facebook, attracts university students who use the platform to connect and interact with classmates. The site is organized around users’ school and graduation class. Many users upload videos and photos of their activities.
- Kaixin = Cool girls
- Facebook = Expat foreigners
- Douban = Hipsters
- Renren = College students
- Qzone = Teens in second and third tier cities
The Ogilvy Beijing social media team created the archetypes to bring these personalities to life.