- Vietnamese users like colorful, emotional, right-brain products. Twitter is analytical, left-brain. Right-brain: Tumblr, daily life, emotional messages, visual.
- Vietnamese users are unfamiliar with Follow, and have no incentive to learn the concept.
- Twitter is individualistic while Vietnamese in general are collectivistic.
- Vietnamese users haven’t had the need to follow influencers. In fact, many social influencers are not tech-savvy. Early Twitter adopters are geeks and online marketers who are not appealing to mass users.
- Vietnamese sentences are longer than those of English, on average.
- Early adopters started to use Twitter in 2007-2008 when smartphones were costly to mass users. When smartphones are much cheaper now, Vietnam Twitter is deserted. Also, it took too long for mimo.vn to roll out SMS service.
- Twitter offers no gamification.
Would Weibo clones do any better than the wave of dead Twitter clones in 2008? We’ll see.
- Web games
- Mobile apps
- Consolidation of groupbuy market
- Flash sale
- Technology-backed offline payment e.g. payment devices
- Digital content payment
- Cross-border transaction
Nicky Fei has a two additions
The shift to HTML 5 following the Adobe gave up Flash
YouTube is supposed to be a video-sharing site.
It has become a place for sharing music taste, including pseudo-video with only audio and pictures/lyrics on the front.
Facebook is defined to be a social utility for real connections.
Look, Facebook is going to lift the 5000 cap for maximum number of friends. Who has more than 5000 real friends?
And it has become world’s largest photo-sharing site.
And kindly take a look at how I have been using Facebook.
Twitter is built to let users update their statuses.
Then micro-blogging is born.
Tumblr is meant to be a tumblelog.
But reverse-chronicle visual bookmarking fosters it growth.
Because they are user-driven.
Don’t stuff your vision into tight boxes.