Well, China has 100+ Groupon clones and Malaysia is picking up as well on its own scale. Group buying sites are popping out lately in Malaysia. It's a bit of deja-vu like many were attempting to build a local social network site some years back...
It was the first time in history that a Malaysian company made headlines at TechCrunch last December. Friendster, the granddaddy of social networks has been acquired by MOL Global, a Malaysian e-commerce (payment) company...
Generally, Malaysians are skeptical or reluctant to shop online due to security concerns among many. We lack smart consumers, as suggested by Danny Foo. Air Asia did a great job in our e-commerce education. Desperately in need of bargain air tickets? Learn how to shop online and brace yourself by entering the credit card numbers...
Do you have the habit of shopping at foreign online store, especially those from the west? I do, like many others, looking for bargains, stuffs that are special or not easily available here. I do have an extra small habit though...
Well, this post is all about charts and figures. Read on to get a glimpse of e-commerce outlook in selected countries of Asia Pacific. Hopefully, you will get a rough idea on those markets that you are not particularly familiar with...
Blogshop seems to be an unique trend booming only in Singapore and Malaysia. Perhaps, many Singaporeans or Malaysians are accustomed to browse and navigate around blogshop but certainly not me (some might agree with me on this)...
Hypptunes is down. It is a sad scene isn't it? TM Net, our no.1 ISP with all their will and power can only sell 40 songs per month? Selling music online LEGALLY in Malaysia is still a big, big question mark.
Let's check out who are the local major players...
Malaysia's netizens are used to Western (English) web services because there is no language barrier. May be this explains why there is not much local player in our internet scene. Well, that is a hopeful thought at least. Nevertheless, I am going to list down Malaysia's equivalents (or wannabes) of international web services.
From my previous post, not even a single local web service is in the top 10. Let's look further down the list and compile our very own Malaysia's Top 14:
- Malaysiakini.com (No. 13 in Top Sites Malaysia)
- Maybank2u.com.my (No. 14)
- The Star Online (No. 16)
- Utusan Online (No. 18)
- Cari Malaysia (No. 19)
- Jobstreet.com (No. 21)
- Lowyat.net (No. 23)
- Bharian.com.my (No. 26)
- Malaysia Today (No. 28)
- Harakahdaily.net (No. 32)
- Hmetro.com.my (No. 33)
- Mudah.com.my (No. 37)
- Lelong.com.my (No. 38)
- AirAsia Berhad (No. 41)
50% of the list above are news (perhaps politics-oriented) sites. Surprisingly, Mudah.com.my manages to overtake Lelong.com.my despite just being launched this year.
As of July 2008, following are the top (most visited) sites in Malaysia, courtesy of Alexa:
- Windows Live
- Microsoft Network (MSN)
Sense something there? Yeah, 5 out of top 10 sites in Malaysia are social network service provider. It is definitely hitting Malaysia hard, the rise of mass social media.
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A little bit about myself, I have been working on web applications for years, and started to fall in love in online retailing while handling some e-commerce projects.
Since then, I have started to provide e-commerce and web consulting services to a handful of clients, big and small. At the same time, I become an entrepreneur-wannabe by starting an online t-shirt design community and store.
Currently, I am working at a global e-commerce company operating in Malaysia.
Of course, I am also being kept happy with my hobbies here at Malaysia Crunch and more frequently over that-little-bird (follow me). It is such a nice experience interacting and sharing with people that carries the same passion.
I am looking forward to do more sharings with you, especially on e-commerce. Do contact me if you would like share a thing or two on online retailing stuffs.
Hope to hear from you then!