Video sites – the main independent sites not affiliated with portals languished since their floatation. But their March 2012 proposal to merge, in a bid to cut licensing and distribution costs, boosted especially Tudou, whose stock Youku is buying.
Social – Often called the “Chinese Facebook”, the visually-similar real-name network RenRen has been a disaster on the Nasdaq, despite almost doubling revenues within a few months last year. Are investors starting to worry about China’s growing state social media censorship, or about the growth of microblogs from portal powerhouses like Sina and Tencent?
E-commerce – these should be boom days for businesses serving China’s growing digital affluent class. But travel booker Ctrip and diversified Amazon rival DangDang, which is also moving in to e-books and e-readers, are way below their 2010 opening prices.
Mobile/broadband – Mobile ringtone, game and news provider Linktone is climbing back from a slump, but mobile security outfit Qihoo 360 and data centre host 21Vianet have tracked each other on the way down, only seeing improved fortunes during this 2012 year of the dragon.