I was in Malaysia the other day at a regional group hug. Got to meet a bunch of interesting folk, I think it was in Erica’s search presentation where she (or someone else) mentioned that for a little while the Chinese government was redirecting traffic from google to baidu. apparently this did happen.
“Domains containing the word “search” in China were hijacked yesterday… pointing to search engine Baidu (and partly, another government website). Competition that was redirected this way included Microsoft Live.com (because results are showing on search.live.com), Yahoo.com (results are on search.yahoo.com), and Google Blog search (blogsearch.google.cn).”
I remember laughing and thinking “only in China” Later during the week I read a newspaper article about the pro-smoking “official” campaign read more about that here.
Again i remember chuckling and thinking “only in China.” and the week before I was in Thailand and I spoke to a friend about the recent political problems and he commented that despite them people were still partying in the streets for the thai new year. For those of you who dont know in thailand they celebrate the thai new year with what can only be described as a nation wide water fight check out pics on flickr Iagain i had a little chuckle and thought only in Thailand would something like that happen.
Soooo I thought I would try something…..
Can everyone please leave comments, links, pics, casestudies, insights, thoughts anything really that you find interesting, unique, cool, fun, wonderful about asia. If you have pics or files send them carlosdotpalacios@caratdotcom
If I get a good response ill take all the feedback and create a presentation or something…
It could be something good/fun to give to clients (or anyone who doesnt understand asia) so perhaps we might stop people assuming that facebook will work in China!!
Go on its Friday afternoon!!