Saturday, January 11, 2014

Path's Deal and Indonesia

In past post, I mentioned that Indonesians love Path. Sure enough, Path closes funding deal led by Indonesian's company; Bakrie Global Group. But, we have to realize that Indonesia's cyber space is a fast changing environment. That's why - as I said many many many times - you have to be here, physically in Indonesia to know this.

People are not flocking to Path anymore. In fact, I have uninstalled Path. And many have done so, leaving Path. It's just a short infatuation. Unless, Path is doing something, it is dying. Go down here. Talk to the people here. They are your main users!

Most people think that sharing things in a close user group is the main thing. Thus, Path. But, most Indonesians do not care about privacy. They want people to see their postings (text, photos, etc.). The more people see the postings, the better. And you cannot do that if you post to just your friends.

Update. After this news, there are plenty of funny "news", jokes, etc. about this. (Lots of joke pictures on twitter! Link in Bahasa Indonesia.) People outside Indonesia do not know that Bakrie groups have big problems in Indonesia. The biggest one is the Lapindo disaster that they have not been able to recover. (Google this.) Thus, many people will uninstall Path because of this.
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image from: twitter @treecore

The second one is that Aburizal Bakrie is intended to run for president candicy, from the Golkar party. (The joke is that the color and logo of Path will be changed to yellow and has some kind of Golkar's logo feature in it. For example this image taken from Twitter.) People who are from different political background my not like Path because of this. How many? I don't know. Perhaps people don't care? Maybe. Would you take a chance on it?

I hope people in Path know about these. Would you know about this if you're not in Indonesia? I doubt it. Path is getting $$$, but people are leaving the application. What to do?

People are still in love with Twitter though.

Update part 2. See also story about this. I bet, people from Path do not know about this.

1 comment:

Amak said...

100% Agree,
even I have no Path account!