Zorpia

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Zorpia
Zorpia.svg
Web addresswww.zorpia.com
Type of siteSocial networking service
Available language(s)Multilingual (2)
OwnerZorpia Co. Ltd.
Created byJeffrey Ng, CEO of Zorpia Co. Ltd.
LaunchedDecember 7, 2003 (2003-12-07)
Alexa rankIncrease 5423 (September 2012)[1]
Current statusActive
 
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Zorpia
Zorpia.svg
Web addresswww.zorpia.com
Type of siteSocial networking service
Available language(s)Multilingual (2)
OwnerZorpia Co. Ltd.
Created byJeffrey Ng, CEO of Zorpia Co. Ltd.
LaunchedDecember 7, 2003 (2003-12-07)
Alexa rankIncrease 5423 (September 2012)[1]
Current statusActive

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 has 2 million unique users per month and has grown to a total worldwide user base of 26 million (but none of these data are independently verified).[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] He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a degree in computer engineering.[10] Before building Zorpia, he worked for Expedia Inc. and at his university’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications.[5][13]

Services[edit]

Zorpia's features include photo-sharing, social networking, messaging and profiles.[2][4][14][15] 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.[16]

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.[17][18] Alexa also ranks Zorpia among the top 1000 most popular websites in India, with a rank of 933.[17]

Business Today India named Zorpia as the growth leader in the India market from 2009 to 2010.[13] 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.[14][19][20]

Privacy issues[edit]

It is widely reported by Zorpia users that the service's ability to honour the privacy of its users is poor.[7][21][22]Zorpia appears to be a disreputable social-net: more of a hoax operating out of Hong Kong --and any unsolicited mail s/b deleted and at least considered as spam. It 'hacks' into gmail address books and sends bogus mail, invites, etc. to raided addresses. Please be advised that Zorpia continues to infect all users with whom it comes in contact.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zorpia.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  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 c "Alternatives to Facebook Increase Social Media Competition". Yahoo! Voices. February 14, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ darlynd (September 2012). "Interview with Zorpia Ceo, Jeffrey Ng". Studymode. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Social Networking Site Zorpia Revamps Website". Investment Underground. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Zorpia India: Fastest Growing Social Network 2009-2010". altnews.asia. February 25, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Andrew Moran (February 21, 2013). "Reinvigorating the social networking experience with Zorpia". Digital Journal. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Interview with Jeffrey Ng, CEO from Zorpia". TechAddress. November 21, 2006. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ Bruce Walker (February 11, 2013). "Zorpia Resurfaces Social Media Landscape". Vatalyst. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "Zorpia.com". Alexa. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ "Blumberg Capital on CNN Money: SXSW Through a VC's Eyes". YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  20. ^ "《鲁豫有约》2008年02月19日". YouTube. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  21. ^ Google search results for Zorpia spam complaints
  22. ^ "Hong Kong's Zorpia: Is This a Real Social Network or Just a Spammer?". Retrieved 2013-09-20.