It’s easy to assume that America is the hub of world social media — especially considering the origins of Facebook — but the truth is that recent surveys of Chinese Internet users have shown that 95% of them use social networks, putting it on track to become the biggest social media savvy country in the world. Sites like Qzone, Renren and Kaixin 001 have taken off like wildfire in the country. Part of their eager appetite could be due to the fact that China is notorious for controlling state media, so the idea of a network where you can express your own views is very attractive.
The infographic, kindly provided by BestFreeOnline, shows that the number of Chinese Internet users is increasing at a dramatic pace — over 2100% in the last 12 years. With almost 1.4 Billion people, that means there is still a ton of room for growth, and this isn’t just free traffic. Studies are showing a dramatic increase in the amount of e-commerce that occurs in China, and expectations are that Chinese online trade will grow to be the world’s largest by 2015.
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