Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stats on Google vs Naver look different depending on data


Real quick, here are two data sets I found just now about the market-share between Google and Naver in South Korea. Unsurprisingly, sources from outside Korea pin Google/Chrome at much higher use percentages than domestic sources do. Why I'm suspicious In the last post I mentioned how my own unscientific observations suggest that while some pe…

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Naver releases AudioClip app (in English!)


Naver's continuing to release English features, and this time there's a new mobile app called AudioClip (오디오클립). AudioClip seems like a mini-podcast app. Like Twitter is microblogs, AudioClip seems for mini-podcasts. Update: here's an official promo image. You can subscribe to various channels and get their 5~15 minute podcasts, many o…

Friday, January 27, 2017

Twitter offers a fire chicken emoji for Lunar New Year 2017


Twitter is showing a cute fire rooster (불닭) emoji when you use the hashtag  #2017어서오계 or variations of #LunarNewYear . You can see it from now until February 12. 2017 will be the year of the rooster, and this round it matches with the fire element. Lunar New Year, or Seollal in Korean, is this Saturday (a fact Google knows just by searching " se…

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Naver's Whale browser - my thoughts and a screenshot tour


Naver is starting to release their own Chrome-like browser called Whale . I downloaded it tonight and tried it out, so now I give you my thoughts and impressions, along with a screenshot-heavy tour of some of Whale's signature features. If you are familiar with Chrome, you will find Whale very familiar – it's built on top of the Chromium so…

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Most popular stickers for Naver's Snow app 2016


Naver's Snapchat-like camera-focused SNS app "SNOW" lets you add various cute overlays to your face. Face swapping was the most popular  use for the camera feature in 2016, but among these cute overlay "stickers"... Koreans preferred the "pink mouse" Japanese preferred the "cookie bear" Chinese preferred the…

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Twitter emergency alerts for Seoul


Twitter has a system for sending out emergency alerts from legitimate governmental organisations , and right now, Korea has one agency participating: 서울라이프라인 " Seoul Lifeline " aka @SeoulLifeline . So if you live in Seoul, you can sign-up to get their emergency alerts. It's meant to provide fast awareness of emergency situation and extre…

Friday, January 20, 2017

Road View Choa's location (a Korean idol caught on Daum Maps)


This is old news really, but was new to me. The blog  Kkuljaem recently had a post (originally from an  Instiz  post a few years back) about the girl group member Choa from AOA posing for a photo shoot in Gangnam right at the moment a Road View car drove by and snapped her in its street imagery. Here was one of the official promo photos: That post ci…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Korea in Google's 2016 Asia-Pacific apps report


Google posted their Mobile Apps in APAC: 2016 Report last month, which details trends in mobile phone usage across the Asia-Pacific region. Since I only care about Korea stuff, here are some interesting excerpts from it about Korea. First take a look at this chart to see just how dominate Korea is in smartphone penetration and app downloads. Look…

Monday, January 16, 2017

Top Korea-related YouTube videos for 2016


YouTube put up a Korean language post about the most popular Korea-related YouTube videos and channels for 2016 . I know that sounds vague, but it's because they listed four categories that relate to Korea in different ways. The categories were: Top 10 Most Viewed K-pop videos worldwide Top 10 Domestic Kids' Videos by worldwide views Top 10 Do…

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Heatmap of Avian Flu (AI) Distribution in Korea


This site has an interesting live map of the  recent avian flu outbreaks in Korea. It's fully interactive and you can watch the infection spread from region to region. The data currently stretches from Nov 16, 2016 up to Jan 5, 2017 which was 5 days ago at time of this post. Data comes from Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs  ( here …

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Naver's Recommended Courses (해외여행 코스추천): itineraries for overseas trips


Naver continues to add immediate info features similar to the "card" style used by Google's Knowledge Graph. This time, a new feature is instant "Course Recommendations" for trips abroad, or 해외여행 코스추천 . Basically, you type in a major world city name, plus the term "course" (코스, but probably better translated here …