Naver’s Popular Power Blogs

Naver has recently announced the most popular blogs on its platform in 2014. Naver is a search engine that runs its own CMS and gives significant search benefits to the blogs using their CMS. For this reason, many international brands have had to create separate Naver blogs to target Korean customers.   Selection based on…



Weibo vs WeChat User Update

Despite the apparent decrease in usage of microblog among Chinese Internet users, Weibo saw an increase in the monthly active users (MAUs) last year. In December 2014, the number was 175.7 million, up 36 percent year-on-year, or up 5.2 percent from Q3. The data is provided in Weibo’s Q4 earnings report which was released in…



Mobile internet usage in Korea

According to a recent report by Google and the Boston Consulting Group, 75% of Koreans would rather give up newspapers, chocolates and fast food over mobile internet connectivity.   This report, ‘The Growth of Global Mobile Internet Economy‘, outlines the results of research commissioned by Google and conducted by Boston Consulting Group’s on mobile internet…



Baidu Feature Updates

SERP Display: Last Modified Date Baidu has updated their SERP to show the last modified date of results instead of content cached dates. Previously, webmasters would use cache dates as a measurement of Baidu’s crawl frequency to their sites. However, Baidu’s cache dates were not very accurate, especially when redirects were involved. For example, Apple’s…



Baidu Research Announced Speech Recognition Breakthrough

Baidu’s research division announced initial results from its speech recognition system named “Deep Speech”. Deep Speech’s main goal is to improve accuracy in noisy environments such as in restaurants or on public transportation. According to released test results, Deep Speech outperforms previously published results on the Switchboard Hub5’00 benchmark, achieving 16.5% Word Error Rate on…