Zuckerberg Meets With Japan Prime Minister: Why ?


Twitter is getting famous with its fast breaking news service. People inform each other via Twitter. One example from Van earthquake in Turkey. Most of people tweeted before the news was on TV.  So, in this case, people positioned Twitter an informal news source. With this strategy, I think Facebook wants to  be in the same place as Twitter leads. So, Mark Zuckerberg said Japan’s tsunami last year inspired him to seek more ways for his social network to help people hit by natural disasters. He  believes Facebook can be used to help people in disasters keep in touch and provide them with crucial information.



Our Mobile Planet

Our Mobile Planet, This study is a global effort conducted in partnership by Google, Ipsos and the MMA (Mobile Marketing Association) to get insights about the mobile user and its mobile usage. To better understand the mobile usage, the OurMobilePlanet site provides deep dives into the search, video, social and email behaviour, as well as mobile research and purchase intentions. Most of the data is set into context to the classical desktop internet to evaluate difference and similarities between these channels.

In this below chart, you see Turkey, Social Network Usage, Smartphones.


About the Survey – Methodology Timing

Surveys were administered during March and July 2011. Population

Target population were the private smartphone user, who accessed the mobile internet on their device in each country surveyed.

Frame population (sample base) was from Ipsos online access panels and partner panels in each country surveyed. Sampling

Samples in each country surveyed were aimed to be representative of the target population

Sample sizes are n=6,000 in the US, n=2,000 in Germany, UK, France and Japan, n=500 in Indonesia and Malaysia and n=1,000 in each other country surveyed

Quotas were applied in the sampling process with regard to age, gender, mobile internet usage and mobile brand, as to ensure representivity Survey Administration

The survey data was collected in all countries via an online questionnaire (CAWI – Computer Aided Web Interview)

Questionnaires were administered in local language for all countries surveyed

Survey length was 20 minutes

Continue reading : http://www.ourmobileplanet.com/omp/


Turkey is hot, a growing economy with 75 millon population and average age is 29 . A very young market for many investors especially for youth brands. Facebook users have reached 31 million in Turkey after USA,India, Indonesia,Brazil,Mexico. This huge growth made Turkey 6 st country in the world by Facebook user accounts. Total internet users in Turkey are 35 million. Considering Facebook penetration among internet users, almost everyone has Facebook profile. Lets take a deeper look at Socialbakers  Social Media Report of Facebook Pages in Turkey.


Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns

Like some of conservative communities, young males are early adopters of digital platforms. When you look at the age and gender distribution, males are mostly twice of female users in terms of internet and social media. It is valid for Turkey and I am sure most of the emerging markets.

This reality is almost opposite in US. From Valley Girls to the Kardashians, young women have long been mocked for the way they talk. Some linguists suggest that women are more sensitive to social interactions and hence more likely to adopt subtle vocal cues. Others say women use language to assert their power in a culture that, at least in days gone by, asked them to be sedate and decorous. Another theory is that young women are simply given more leeway by society to speak flamboyantly. What I am saying is the more democratic communities help women to raise their voice and stand beyond the development of the society.  What about your theories ?

Continue reading : http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/28/science/young-women-often-trendsetters-in-vocal-patterns.html?pagewanted=all&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

Why Turkey is hot

Robin from Techcrunch wrote that “If there’s one thing I keep hearing over and over when it comes to the European startup scene, it’s that investors who are not seriously looking at the Turkish market may be missing out on some of the continent’s biggest digital companies in the next 10 years.”

This is only one example. There are many like this. Turkey has changed, massively. And with the changes in Turkey, the Turkish internet environment changed.

So lets start with some facts about Turkey online market:

Turkey has 35 M internet users – according to IWS. A figure which is also confirmed by Comscore and Turkish Telekom. This makes Turkey to the fifth biggest internet population in Europe (after Germany, Russia, UK and France) and number 13 in the world.

According to the Interbank Card Center (in Turkish: BKM), the Turkish eCommerce had a volume of 24.4 B TL (16.3 B USD) in 2010. The growth from 2006 to 2010 was 325% and the first half year of 2011 generated a volume of 15.9 B TL (10.6 B USD). Huge numbers and huge growth rates even if taken into account that the Interbank Card Center includes also some mail order revenues into the total number.

The number of those users who spent money on the internet is estimated with 6-9 M users. There is no official number for this but it could be perceived as the consensus range of all estimates. If you assume the higher end of this range, the eCommerce penetration rate is 25% (of all internet users) which still leaves a great potential for the future. In countries like Germany or UK, the eCommerce penetration rate is around 60%. Exactly this number is creating an enormous push on the Turkish eCommerce market. What would happen if Turkey reaches the 60% eCommerce penetration rate? In two years from now… Just make the math, and you will understand why eCommerce is hot in Turkey (for founders and for investors)

Turkish internet users have the third highest engagement in Europe – measured in online spent hours. The average Turkish internet user spent 29.4 hours in March 2011 online.

Turkey is Facebook country No. 5 (Facebook users) and very close behind the UK. I would guess in a few weeks from now, UK will be No. 5 and Turkey No. 4 in Facebook. But not only on Facebook, the Turks are also very active on other services. Turkey is Friendfeed country No. 1 and the No. 8 country for Twitter.

The Turkish online user is young: 70% of all online users are younger than 34 years (i.e. only 39% of all internet users in the UK are younger than 34 years).

Another reason for the eCommerce friendly environment is the high credit card penetration. Turkey has 46 M credit cards (2010) and a credit card penetration rate around 60%. Compared to Europe where the credit card penetration rate is lower than 50% (the UK leading the credit card penetration rate with 67%), Turkey is an El Dorado for eCommerce companies as they do not have the problems of Russia and some other Central and Eastern European countries with “cash on delivery” (which triples your return rates).

The B2C logistic infrastructure is also extremely well developed. Turkey has many competing delivery companies. Just to give an example: Markafoni is able to deliver any order after shipping to the customer in 24 h if the customer lives not more than 600 km from Istanbul away. For all other distances it takes the delivery companies 48 h. Even to a small village at the Iraqi border.

And this year, Turkey experienced two big transactions (eBay acquiring GittiGidiyor and Naspers / MIH acquiring Markafoni) which delivered new valuation benchmarks and showed that Turkey has an internet market delivering three digit M USD valuations. Beside this mega deals, the companies are announcing every week the closing of another A-Series, B-Series etc. Kleiner Perkins, Intel Capital and many others started to participate at the growth of the Turkish online market

Beside all the facts and figures, there are so many observations which are so difficult to capture in statistics. Like the story from a Turkish company called Socialwire where the founders decided to open a second HQ in the valley (just to be closer to the investors in the valley). Or the story of eTohum, a seedcamp like incubator, which is receiving hundreds of business plans each year and has managed to present every year 2-3 start-ups which have been very successful later. There is the story of Limk, a Turkish start-up which gets his power from North and Latin America (especially Chile). So many stories to tell but if I had to reduce the Turkish internet market to two headlines, I would say COMPETİTİON and SPEED.

Let’s start with competition. Turkey’s first group buying company was Groupon – launched April 2010. Today we have almost 200 group buying companies in Turkey. Groupon lost the market leadership to Grupfoni and the top 3 players control approx. 80% of the market but there are still 200 other players here. How many group buying players are active in Germany or in France? Two dozens? The only two countries with a similar level of competition are Brasil (400 group buying companies) and China (4000 group buying companies). The competition in the Turkish market is not limited to group buying. There are almost 20 flash sales companies or almost 10 local video sites etc. The competition shapes everybody and is creating highly efficient markets.

Speed is another key word for Turkey. The entire country is on speed but the internet sector especially. The decision making processes are fast (everybody who has ever done business in Turkey will confirm this), the end consumers expectation levels are high (almost all eTailers deliver within 48 h) – speed counts on many levels. I have never seen a market which is so focused on speed.

The main bottleneck of Turkey is still a lack of capital but after the deals of GittiGidiyor and Markafoni, I am sure that this obstacle will disappear soon. Every time I meet a Turkish start-up they tell me how many (non Turkish) investors they have met. And the bigger companies started to develop and execute a global vision. Like yemeksepeti opening up in Russia, Dubai and Cyprus. Or like Markafoni which aims to launch after Australia, Greece and Ukraine other businesses in- and outside of Turkey.

Turkey is hot: A big domestic market with many young users who love to spend time online. Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed are heavily used. The Turks spent significant amounts of money online and we all know that this is just the beginning. The second biggest credit card penetration rate in Europe and the very well developed logistics network provide a great infrastructure for the further development of eCommerce. The lack of capital disappears day by day.

If we turn back in five years from now, we might say “2010 and 2011 have been the golden times for investment in Turkey”.