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Twitter opens Hong Kong office, targets China’s ‘big advertisers’

By Mon, Mar 16, 2015 11:57AM UTC 1 Comment

Only a few days after setting up shop in Indonesia, Twitter made a comeback in China, too. On Tuesday last week, the company opened a one-man office in Hong Kong, a tiny corner of the People’s Republic where Western social media are allowed to function freely....

Twitter appeal wanes in parts of Asia

By Fri, Nov 08, 2013 11:12AM UTC 0 Comment

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Too open. Too crowded. Too difficult. That’s why some Twitter users in South Korea and Japan say they are spending less time on the site or have quit for other services. After selling shares in a highly anticipated initial public offering, Twitter is set to face minute ongoing scrutiny from...

Contested Spaces: Social Media, Big Data and Politics

By Tue, Apr 23, 2013 10:33PM UTC 0 Comment

Being an unfunded full-time PhD student means having to find ways to earn money without long time-commitments. Luckily, King’s offers many temping opportunities that are far more interesting than the usual data entry or envelope stuffing. Last week, I got to be an event assistant at the Contested Spaces conference organised by King’s Policy Institute and eBay. From greeting VIPs in the morning to being a roving microphone, I basically got paid to meet and learn from some of the leading experts in politics and digital media. The conference, focusing on social media, ‘big data’ and politics, had two sides/ Firstly, how...

China detains blogger for Twitter joke on party meet

By Wed, Nov 21, 2012 1:57PM UTC 1 Comment

BEIJING (AP) — Hundreds of Chinese Internet users are rallying around a Beijing blogger who’s been detained by police after posting a joke on Twitter about the pivotal Communist Party congress. Zhai Xiaojun’s Nov. 5 tweet suggested the next movie in the “Final Destination” horror franchise would be about the Great Hall of the People...

Japan: Twitter goes berserk as high schoolers down 60 packs of fries in McDonalds challenge

By Sat, Nov 03, 2012 2:44PM UTC 0 Comment

You say “potato,” Twitter user @tsukann2435 and his mates from high school say “60 packs of large french fries, please.” Since October 19, McDonalds restaurants across Japan have been selling their fries – small, medium and large – for 150 yen ($US 1.86). That’s almost half the usual price of 290 yen for a large...

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