Monday September 27, 2010 22:24

The Secret of Web Browser Share

At last, the Internet Explorer 9 Beta was released with some HTML5 capable functions based on Web Standards. But, IE9 will be still minor browser right now.

Nowadays the world of web browsers are definitely different compared with the situation of early 2000s to be dominated by IE6. Non IE browsers already reached 40% and over 50% in some European countries by Net Applications.

I surveyed what browser is dominant in each countries from StatCounters, log-based statistics from web counters. First of all, the red area (especially old USSR) is dominated by Opera browser(40~50%) including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan.


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In these countries, Firefox’s share is also high(30~40%), so IE’s share very low(10~15%). I guess it caused for people in this area not to prefer US products and have low broadband penetration. In case of Russia, Yandex has overwhelmed Google in search engine market.

But, in so called the East-European bloc, Mozilla Firefox (orange area) are dominant with 40~50% share especially in German, Poland, Czech Republic and Romania. It’s interesting that Opera browser share of Norway is just 6% despite of the home of Opera. On the contrary, IE still share high percentage in western Europe as like UK, France and Spain rather than Firefox and Opera. It means people in emerging market tend to choose the latest web browser.

In Asia, Firefox share average 10~15% in IE dominant area, but Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia is very high Firefox share. In Africa, some countries is also very high as like Cameroon, Senegal and Kenya. It means Windows OS was supplied by overseas economic aid and pirated products, but the emerging market is also important in this area as like Europe.

Good alternatives as like Firefox give benefits by offering opportunity of choice for people in emerging market of Africa, South America and Asia.

Wednesday September 8, 2010 21:35

Primer Enternship Program

The new startup incubator program was made by Primer Group, a entrepreneurship and business management evangelism. Also the Demoday of Primer Summer Enternship Program was held in Microsoft Korea on August 31th, 2010.

This is the new entrepreneur internship of twelve teams to be interested in making new startup and presented their proto-type products and business plan to over 150 people in venture capital and Internet industry.

It includes various teams with good ideas: Dezine.by (user-generated t-shirt manufacturing), Onoffmix (hosting and management of events), Coordinator (WPF based UI-theme production engine), openFavor.it (social network personalization), PIC&Go (social e-commerce), StickPoster (location based social network), Cublic (Advertisement for coffee shops), Enter (online book service for blind people), APPtle (automatic iPhone app generator), Y-Road (secure baby carriage), TreePlanet(social planting application) and Quik (enterprise social networks).

Especially, Coordinator (WPF based UI-theme production engine) was excellent in technical aspects and can be good product. You can contact its developer, kimdaewook@witstudio.net directly.

Coordinator by wit from eundol on Vimeo.

TreePlatnet is iPhone application to support green planet. Users can plant a tree in iPhone and it can be done in real world donated by NGOs, companies and governments. You can contact treeplanet.k@gmail.com directly.

What is Primer Group?
There were several startup incubating program in the past as like Litmus by Softbank(venture capital) and Neoply by Neowiz (Internet company). The remarkable thing of this program is managed by top five entrepreneurs with successful story.

It includes Mr. Byungkyu Jang(Bluehole), co-founder of Neowiz and founder of Chutnoon, Mr. Jaewoong Lee and Taekkyung Lee, co-founder of Daum.net, the #2 largest internet company, Young Song, Founder of NComputing & Booga Ventures in Palo Alto and Mr. Dougguen Kwon, founder Inicis and Initech. They are well known successful exit story or stock owner over 3~10 million dollors.

So it is different from another startup incubation and means real startup eco-system begin in earnest in Koreal. In this aspects, people in this industry expected their activities and investment.

Wednesday September 8, 2010 21:32

HTML5 Getting Popular in Korea

The HTML5 has been a famous technology by the promotion of Google and debates on Flash in iPhone between Steve Jobs and Adobe. Most of modern web browsers have supported not only HTML5 itself including new markup as like canvas, audio/video and webform but also surrounding technologies including various JavaScript APIs: DOM storage, Geo-location, Web Socket and Web Worker etc.

Globally it will be essential for web developers because the market share of non-IE browser reached over 50%. But, although Korea has been a situation of IE-monocluture under 2% share, the HTML5 are widely spreading into Korean web developers too. What happen in here?

iPhone, Android and mobile web
Last year, iPhone was released in Korea on December as almost final country. For several month, over 0.5 millions iPhone were sold and mobile Safari reached 1% market share in Korea. So there were many interests to support mobile web with HTML5.

As well, Samsung and LG pushed many Android devices against iPhone in local market as like Samsung Galaxy and LG Optimizer. Google Chrome is also good supporter for HTML5. It means HTML5 can be applied in the first development of mobile web.

Actually Korean mobile web has been under the fire because big telecommunication company dominated their wireless networks with their closed services. The iPhone was the first step to open their wireless network in real.

HTML5 open conference
It was held the first HTML5 Open Conference in Korea organized by Web Standards Korea and several communities on July 2th. 2010. Over 600 seat was sold in 24 hours after opening registration.

It covered the introduction of HTML5, new markup and webform, CSS3, Javascript APIs and mobile support by five speakers. You can see and download video files.

HTML5 free guide
As well, a Korean HTML5 Guidebook was written for web developers to learn basic concepts of HTML5 and to adopt it into the mobile web application in direct. It was made by five speakers of this conference too.

It has five sections of introduction, markup of HTML5, CSS3, HTML5 APIs and the mobile application development in iPhone. This book has 170 pages (A4 format) or 206 pages (Letter format). Now, you can download A4 printable size download HTML5 Guidebook under Creative Commons License.

In result, two HTML5 books were already released and some books are waiting translation including Introducing HTML5. Also several developer communities were made as like WebDevMobile and HTML5 user group.

As a HTML5 evangelist from 2007 in Korea, I’m very glad to see its real actions from web developers and expect more HTML5 based mobile web applications with good user experiences and it effects desktop web environment too.

Thursday August 19, 2010 04:22

Actually Document Web was Dead

Wired magazine titled cover story of “The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet.” which the Web is being sinking by a world of closed platform as like iPhone or Xbox and the users prefer dedicated platforms, designed specifically for mobile screens.

Most of reaction in this story are “Wired is wrong” although it is just prediction. (Wired’s prescient was wrong in the past.). I want to argue this issue in several aspects and give my opinion in recent change in the Web world.

The Web goes Less Bandwidth
Especially it gave an extreme example of traffic chart that the Web has been declined because of video and p2p. As BoingBoing and NewYork Times indicated, the chart itself is misleading and is not proof of its argument.

The Web was always killed by another applications in terms of network traffic as like the push service, PointCast in early stage web, the streaming service, Real Player and Napster in mid-stage web and finally Skype and BitTorrent in right now.

As the Wired pointed out, the Web transferred the document based information written by HTML (CSS, Javascript and Images) over HTTP(80) protocol. It means its data is very small compared with compete applications. In recent, less data pieces have been transfered by Ajax technology, of course, user-generated videos were embeded as like Youtube and HTML5 video.

Chris Anderson is famous person, the creator of “Long tail” with the interesting chart presentation. But, in this case, it seems to be wrong.

Google is not the Web

Its main argument is the moving trend of ‘semiclosed’ platforms and business from the web: “This is not a trivial distinction. Over the past few years, one of the most important shifts in the digital world has been the move from the wide-open Web to semiclosed platforms that use the Internet for transport but not the browser for display.” in debate of Chris Anderson, Tim O’relly and John Battelle.

Certainly, there was such a trend to closed platform from Facebook to iTunes, as Chris said, which are ruled by Terms of Service and invisible to Google’s crawlers. But, most of the Web were always invisible and Google was a slave of internet potal sites in the early web. In the past, the internet portals as like Yahoo, Lycos and MSN gathered all of contents and ruled the Web.

Google’s success story was based on lots of the information diffusion by the users as like blogs, wikis and crowd-sourcing of links(PageRank) and keyword based searching intention in aspects of the business. Google’s fail is not dead of the Web.

Application vs. Document
Before the Web 2.0 era, the Open APIs of eBay, Amazon and Google were mostly closed to be offered only to contracted 3rd parties. In now, most of Data APIs are open in the Web protocol and makes the rich applications from desktop to mobile. As I said, Ajax technology enabled the data web based on user interactions. It means transactions of traditional Web documents has been decreased and frankly JSON is winner of the Web.

In 2007, Eric Schmidt already pointed out Web 3.0 will be “applications that are pieced together- with the characteristics that the apps are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, the apps can run on any device (PC or mobile), the apps are very fast and very customizable, and are distributed virally (social networks, email, etc).

From Facebook to iTunes, most of the contents still delivered by Web framework either HTML or JSON and either web browsers or iPhone app (Over 80% iPhone apps are hybrid to the web contents).

The innovation was also made by Web browser vendors, which they made WHATWG in 2004 against W3C’s document Web and devoted to HTML5 for the smart web application. We still used the Web browser in iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry and Android in the more rich Web environment.

In terms of technical aspects, the web framework was changed from MVC(model-view-controller) framework to transfer HTML documents composed of HTML, CSS and Javascript to user agent.

In HTML5 Era, the web application can be installed in user agent and communicate with the server for data pieces by Ajax and Web Socket.

It means actually Document Web was dead, but Web application will be long live.

Money: Sell or Broking
People said traditional business models are only two things: selling goods or broking it. Chris indicated the money left from the Web and followed AppStore, but Tim responded there still has been advertisement, eCommerce and subscription models in the opened Web.

Twitter sells user’s tweets to search engines and Facebook earned money from advertisement. Google will establish “Web Store” soon as well as iPhone users buy hybrid web apps in AppStore. I thinks Chris’s “Internet is long live” is right under Web framework in both technical and business aspects.

Diffusion or Concentration
In my viewpoint, the Web has been cyclic changes between diffusion and concentration as like Oscillating Universe Theory. It’s similar with Tim’s opinion “Open or Closed”. But. it’s little different in organic process of the Web itself.

Early web was born in diffusional properties with hyperlink of the document. Most of informations were distributed in global web servers. It means finding information is very hard and internet portals were raised in reaction. But, they concentrated all of Web contents in closed “CMS” in their platform. Another reactions are blog, wiki, video and Open APIs based web platforms (and ecosystem) in so called Web 2.0 in five years.

Chris’s argument is another reaction of concentration trends of sharing information in nowadays. But, I predict to reach a height of the diffusion trend by HTML5, mobile web and social media in five years. In next? It’s your turn.

Saturday August 14, 2010 01:20

Korean President Debuted Twitter

Korean President Lee, Myung-bak surprisingly debuted Twitter’s world. The Blue house of Korea has own verified account @BluehouseKorea, but he didn’t send a tweet himself.

Today he visited online communication team and sent his tweets himself and replied to several mentions by people. He wanted to type a keyboard by himself and enjoyed watching responses of people.

Some people told “Don’t tell a lie. Are you real?”, he replied “don’t suspect me. If it’s fake, it’ll be headline news” and uploaded a photo of him on tweeting.

Korean Twitter users are growing and reached over 100 millions. According to analysis of the tweet production, Japan is now No. 2, at 18 percent, while Indonesia has 10 percent of daily messages and South Korea has 2 percent.

Actually Presidential tweeting is not rare. In case of President Obama, he admitted in November 2009 that he had “never used Twitter”, which came as a disappoint to avid Twitterers–and his more than 3 million followers on Twitter.

But, he has sent his first Tweet on January 18, during a visit to the American Red Cross headquarters in D.C., the President finally posted his first Twitter update. Also Russian President Medvedev sendt his first tweet on @kremlinrussia_e at Twitter HQ in his U.S visiting on January. As well as, ex-Prime Minister Hatoyama was famous of Japanese Twitter top position.

Presidents seems to like Twitter to allow to contact with people directly whether it’s communication gesture or not.

Monday May 3, 2010 02:28

Google’s Textcube goes to Deadpool

Two years ago, Google acquired a Korean startup, TNC with Textcube.com, open source based blogging platform similar with WordPress.com. After the announcement of acquisition, there were two prospects recovering local search power with blogging service and giving synergy effects to blogger.com.

But, Google noticed Textcube.com will be integrated to Blogger soon. Because two sites are completely different, in fact, it means that Textcube.com will be closed and user’s data must be migrated to Blogger.com.

Textcube.com was popular growing blogger platform and had many alpha bloggers in Korea. So there were over 200 comments and trackbacks and most of them were negative to Google’s unfaithful direction.

We have made innovative functions of Textcube.com and tried to move them to Blogger. For example, we played important part to make Blogger Template Desinger…. It is good example to contribute Blogger’s innovation and we want to offer efficient and useful services by concentrating on Blogger only… For smooth intergration, a new registartion of Textcube.com is closed in right now.

In fact, I guessed Textcube will be Google’s dead ducks as like Dodgeball, Jaiku and Zingku. But, many alpha bloggers supported Google’s decision and Textcube’s internalization because its platform is very excellent. Now they were disappointed and move to another services. (Actually Daum’s Tistory supports TTXML format and Textcube users can move their data to Tistory.)

It became another proof that Google is not successful to grow social communication and content-generating after buying services. The Web is not only composed by “information”, which it has been made by human and “communication” called by the media power is one of important part of Web. I think it is the most weak point of Google.

Monday March 29, 2010 22:24

iPhone was sold half a million in Korea

At last, half a million Apple iPhones have sold in Korea by the end of this month. The phones were an instant hit as soon as they belatedly hit the Korean market on Nov. 28, 2009 and sales remain at some 4,000 a day. The phones sold over 500,000 in only seven countries including the US, Germany, France and Japan. Apple is reportedly surprised at how fast the iPhone is selling in Korea.

People believes iPhone sales will slow down with the launch of new smartphones like Samsung’s Android Phone but still expects the total number sold to reach 1 million this year. Because many people are waiting for new iPhone 4G device in June.

Ironically Safari users in Korea were increased about 10 times compared with 6 month before. The most Korean online news service, Media Daum reported web browser share: IE6 57.1%(-7.8%), IE8 21.2%(+12.9%), IE7 16.8%(-3.01%), Safari 2.54%(+2.15%), Mozilla Firefox 1.2%(+0.01%) and Google Chrome 0.96%(+0.34%). The number of Safari users caught up with Firefox’s and it became #2 web browser in Korea.

The move comes amid brewing competition between Google and NHN, Korea’s top internet search service, in the fast-growing mobile market in iPhones and Android phones. The government telecom regulator is considering requiring other handset makers and mobile operators to add Korean search services as options other than Google. Google is overshadowed by NHN’s Naver in the Korean market but is poised to catch up in the mobile arena on the back of the popularity of smartphones featuring it as the default search engine.

In addition, the government plans to adopt standard software to enable required security measures on iPhone and Android phone for mobile banking services. However, critics claim that the decision to pick a specific technology to control transactions over different mobile platforms is an ill-advised move, as it may eventually expose mobile users to a similar, shaky security environment experienced by computer users in the Microsoft-dominated desktop world.

MindTouch has developed a top 20 list of the most powerful voices in open-source, compiled using Twitter and other sources.

Most of the people on the list will be of no surprise to veterans of the open-source world. Notables include Tim O’Reilly, Chris Messina and Jonathan Schwartz. But, surprisingly I was listed in there as rank of 17th.

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In fact, it doesn’t mean that I’m the 17th famous person in open source industry. This survey is more about broadcast capability and less about influence and MindTouch already published the most influential in Open Source 2009 back in October. I think the individuals in the list carry a big megaphone and spread words with regular sharing information.

As a local person, I didn’t give an impact in the global world, but my effort has focused on Korean web industry based on the sprites of open source and open web with Mozilla’s mission. I humbled to be included in this list and thank you for my subscribers of over 1,000 in Koreacrunch and over 28,000 in Channy’s Blog as well as over 4,900 Twitter followers.

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