The world’s largest social networking service, Facebook is known to be contemplating a Chinese launch later this year. According to reports published on the Chinese publication, Global Times, the company may do so either via a joint venture or through a merger or acquisition.
Despite growing to over 400 million users, Facebook has been pretty invisible in mainland China with only close to 56,000 users in this country. However, the company has its task cut out. A majority of local players have been successful merely by copying the features from Facebook. By entering the market late, Facebook may have to struggle to survive among its own clones.
Facebook registered its .CN domain name back in 2007 and launched a Chinese version back in 2008. But ever since there has not been any significant effort to popularize the service in the country. It will be interesting to see how the world’s biggest social network manages to penetrate the great wall.[via Global Times]