an interesting look at chinese social networks and the app economy

top apps resemble facebook top apps.  also, some interesting tidbits:

Major features:

  • Standard feature set: status updates, notes, photo albums, gifts, and fan pages
  • Prominent ‘Apps’ tab from homepage, another ‘Add apps’ link in left navigation
  • Prominent virtual currency store link directly from the homepage
  • A ‘VIP’ upgrade that, for an affordable 10 RMB a month (or about double the cost of a cheap lunch), allows users to increase the limit on their friend count to 2,000 (from the current 1,000), increase the number of messages they can store in their inbox, have access to additional profile customization features (special ’skins’ and other self-expressive elements), and even get free antivirus