How China’s biggest online dating website was created

Photo by Andrea Lainé

Photo by Andrea Lainé

China’s biggest online dating website Jiayuan, was created in 2003 by Rose Gong after she had a bad experience using online dating sites at the time. Her disappointing personal experience inspired her to create a serious matchmaking website with a strong identity. But, she also had the challenge of changing the perception of online dating in China as a whole.

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‘Glocalisation’ Is The New Language Of The Internet

According to a recent online article, the main ‘language’ of today’s internet is not English, Mandarin or Spanish but something called ‘Glocalisation’. Language-specific websites are important for targeting particular countries and markets but what is becoming more apparent is the need for greater awareness of the cultural sensitivities in each country targeted, as well. Even local communities in different countries are adopting their own online standards and behaviours when it comes to how they read and use the internet.

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The Fastest Growing Language On Twitter Today Is Arabic

A recently-released blog on writes about the results of a study compiled by a Paris based agency, which says that the fastest growing language used on Twitter today is the Arabic language. According to the agency called Semiocast, just over a year ago, only 30,000 tweets were sent in Arabic. Last month, approximately 2.2 million tweets were posted in the Arabic language.

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LOL Enters The Oxford English Dictionary

The internet slang term ‘LOL’ meaning ‘Laughing Out Loud’, has entered the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. ‘OMG’ meaning ‘Oh My God’ already appears in the dictionary proving that these internet slang terms are widely used in the English language. They are used in texts, emails, social networking sites and even in the spoken language. [Read more…]

Millionth English Word Declared

A US web monitoring firm has declared the millionth English word to be Web 2.0, a term used to describe the latest generation of web products and services.  Other recent additions include Jai ho and slumdog, obviously from the film Slumdog Millionaire.

Global Language Monitor (GLM) searches the internet for newly coined terms, and once a word or phrase has been used 25,000 times, it recognises it.

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