How much are the top 8 Chinese social media worth?
Close to 30 billion USD (i.e. the estimated value of Facebook) if one is to believe the report released by BV4 and the HWZ University of Applied Sciences. The growth of Chinese social media is no doubt breathtaking and still with quite some room to grow in China.
At the same time the growth is bound to be limited by the Chinese language unless the companies are willing and able to go global – something that would most likely require a fundamental re-thinking of the strategy.
The other unknown in the equation is the lack of transparency and predictability in the Chinese Internet-related industries. Between real-name registration requirements and other regulatory changes, business models are bound to keep evolving.