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article imageReinvigorating the social networking experience with Zorpia

By Andrew Moran     Feb 21, 2013 in Business
Hong Kong - Are you getting sick and tired of the same social networking websites, like Facebook and Twitter? Perhaps you are seeking a new world of social media to find new friends to share the same interests. Zorpia could be the answer to your requests.
Since the rise of social media, Facebook and Twitter have dominated the market. Although there are several social networking outlets, such as Google+, Instagram and Pinterest, that are gaining momentum in the crowded market, Facebook and Twitter are the dominant two. However, the same old thing day in and day out could become quite dull and tedious to users.
One of the latest social networks hitting the United States is Zorpia, a Hong Kong-based friend-finding website that connects people from all around the world that share the same kind of interests, hobbies and ideas. Zorpia offers an assortment of features, but the primary functions are messaging, photos and profiles.
It was founded by Jeffrey Ng when he was a sophomore 10 years ago, which was before Facebook made its debut and around the same time MySpace was the in-thing for young Internet users. When Zorpia launched, he was already working on a photo-sharing website, but thought at the time that there should be a larger platform to connect people and make new friends.
Ng came up with the name Zorpia because he wanted it to be an online nation for individuals looking to establish new relationships.
At the time it first started, Zorpia was the very first outlet to offer unlimited photo storage and a fully-functioning social networking system. Years later, the developers of the website realized that people use the website to create friendships so they redesigned it and made the business decision to focus primarily on that niche. There are now more than 26 million subscribers.
Even the elderly are getting the Zorpia itch. One of its users is 70 years old and since he made so many friends on Zorpia, he traveled around the world to meet them. Not only did he visit the firm’s headquarters, he jetted off to the United States, the Philippines and Australia just to meet these individuals face-to-face.
One of the biggest complaints that users have is its spam. Ng noted, however, that it just has two kinds of emails: invitation and notification. It sends out emails each day to active users to recommend them to connect with other users. If users dislike the emails then there is a settings page that can be revised to opt out of all emails. These simple practices have been drastically improved since 2009.
The social network has gained a tremendous amount of media attention. One of its largest profiles was completed by China Daily, the biggest English newspaper in China. The Zorpia founder also appeared on Luyu, a television talk show that is considered the counterpart to Oprah Winfrey in China.
Meet people from around the world. Form a community. Share ideas. Reinvigorate the social networking experience.
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