Zorpia

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Zorpia
Zorpia.svg
Web address www.zorpia.com
Type of site Social networking service
Available in Multilingual (2)
Owner Zorpia Co. Ltd.
Created by Jeffrey Ng, CEO of Zorpia Co. Ltd.
Launched December 7, 2003 (2003-12-07)
Alexa rank Increase 3915(November 2013)[1]
Current status Active

Zorpia (Chinese: 若比鄰) is a social networking service, popular in India and China. Zorpia is one of the few international social networks with a Chinese Internet Content Provider license.[2][3] The social networking site reports 2 million unique users per month and a total worldwide user base of 26 million.[2][4][5] Jeffrey Ng is the company's founder and CEO of Zorpia. The privately funded company is based in Hong Kong and has 30 employees.[6] In 2012, PandoDaily wrote that Zorpia "has a dreadful spamming problem that it needs to fix fast."[7]

History[edit]

In December 2003, Jeffrey Ng founded Zorpia as a social networking service.[2] Ng took the name Zorpia because he wanted it to be an online nation for people looking for new relationships.[8] While sites such as Facebook and Twitter are still banned in China, the ban has allowed Zorpia to use its ICP license in China to grow its user base.[2][9]

Leadership[edit]

Jeffrey Ng began his entrepreneurial career at the age of 13.[10] He started his own Japanese music website and music search engine.[11][12][13] He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a degree in computer engineering.[12] Before building Zorpia, he worked for Expedia Inc. and at his university’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications.[5][14]

Services[edit]

Zorpia's features include photo-sharing, social networking, messaging and profiles.[2][4][15][16] Zorpia has developed technology to analyze and predict compatibility between strangers, and has developed false identity prevention systems and user attractiveness discovery algorithms to help people make friends.[17]

Zorpia is one of the few social networking sites permitted for use in China.[10]

Recognition[edit]

Alexa Internet ranks Zorpia among the 6,000 most-visited websites worldwide, with a global rank of 4009 and with 40% users from India and 10% users from China.[18][19] Alexa also ranks Zorpia among the top 1000 most popular websites in India, with a rank of 933.[18]

Business Today India named Zorpia as the growth leader in the India market from 2009 to 2010.[14] Zorpia has been recognized by CNN, China Daily, the biggest English-language newspaper in China, and it has been featured in Phoenix Television's A Date with Luyu.[15][20][21]

Privacy issues[edit]

Zorpia users widely report that Zorpia's respect towards their privacy is poor. In addition, in September 2013, Zorpia was discovered deliberately misleading potential users via a combination of cookie theft, email address book hacking, mining and spam. The company denies responsibility, noting that the ratio of complaints to users is very small. [7][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zorpia.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Lana Bandoim (February 14, 2013). "Investors Turn to Alternatives to Facebook". Technorati. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Dave Klawinski (February 10, 2013). "Content Curation Mixed With LinkedIn And Zorpia". Business 2 Community. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Zorpia". Crunchbase. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Zorpia - About Us". Zorpia. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Zorpia". VB Profiles. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Dao, Francisco (2012-08-07). "Friend-Finding Social Network Zorpia Is No Facebook, But At Least It Has Friends In China". PandoDaily. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  8. ^ Andrew Moran (February 21, 2013). "Reinvigorating the social networking experience with Zorpia". Digital Journal. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Zorpia Launches Social Network Site for China; Company Plans to Launch More Than 22 Social Networking Portals Worldwide". The Free Library. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Can u speak teenager?". The Telegraph. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  11. ^ darlynd (September 2012). "Interview with Zorpia Ceo, Jeffrey Ng". Studymode. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "To face it or not - that is the question". Times of Malta. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jak dnes fungují sociální sítě?". Lupa. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Zorpia India: Fastest Growing Social Network 2009-2010". altnews.asia. February 25, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Andrew Moran (February 21, 2013). "Reinvigorating the social networking experience with Zorpia". Digital Journal. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Interview with Jeffrey Ng, CEO from Zorpia". TechAddress. November 21, 2006. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Websites struggle to attract local users". The Myanmar Times. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Zorpia.com". Alexa. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ Hamish McKenzie (August 7, 2012). "Friend-Finding Social Network Zorpia Is No Facebook, But At Least It Has Friends In China". PandoDaily. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Blumberg Capital on CNN Money: SXSW Through a VC's Eyes". YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ "《鲁豫有约》2008年02月19日". YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Hong Kong's Zorpia: Is This a Real Social Network or Just a Spammer?". Retrieved 2013-09-20.