|Type of site||Social network service|
Kaixin001's success can be partly credited to internet censorship in the People's Republic of China. Due to the permanent blockage of other social-networking websites such as Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube since the summer of 2009 following the Ürümqi riots, many Chinese nationals turned to domestic sites, hence the membership spikes.
|This article's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (December 2013)|
On 20 May 2009, Kaixin001 formally sued Qianxiang Group for unfair competition. Qianxiang Group runs one of China's popular social networks Renren. It purchased the kaixin.com domain and launched a Kaixin001 clone. This enables Renren to confuse users and attract some Kaixin001 potential users to the Kaixin.com clone. On April 2011, Oak Pacific, owners of Renren, was found by a Chinese court as guilty of violating legal rights of Kaixin001. The compensation sum is still being settled by the Chinese legal system. The other main competition for Kaixin001 is Weibo.com, which is like a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook. Weibo.com has 140 million users and is owned by Sina.com.
Kaixin001 cloned and brought the most famous successful Facebook applications to the Chinese Market before anyone else. For example
- Friends for Sale: A game that users can price and sell their friends
- Happy Farm: Users can grown their own vegetables and steal vegetables from their friends.
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