Laiba: Google’s New Social Network

Laiba is way too close to the word Labia (warning Wikipedia is surprisingly and thoroughly graphic through the link), which is not the best term in the English Language for a Social Network. So, I only assume Google will change the name of the network before and IF it gets to the English speaking world.

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Kai-Fu Lee, president of Google China, said in a recent interview that the company will “acquire one or two companies in China, and invest in four to five companies” over the next year and has “plans to start social-networking services in China [… from …] partnerships or buy local companies to reach that goal.”

Just a few days after the interview, Google and its Chinese partner Tianya launched a new social networking site – Laiba – on top of Tianya’s mega-forum. Laiba is “come here” or “come bar” in Chinese, depending on the context. (The name of the service is “come here” but individual communities, or bars, are called “come bar”.) Laiba: Google’s New Social Network


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