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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Blogging Asia: A Windows Live Report

Seems that research on blogs are plentiful these few days. First we had Universal McCann doing the survey on netizens with marketing and branding, with focus on blogs in particular, and now we have an international online survey, Blogging Asia: A Windows Live Report by MSN Live Spaces, analyzed by Harris Interactive. Not that I'm complaining, of course ^^.

According to full report in The Star (30 November 2006) Page N33:

If you are a Malaysian and you have your own blog, the odds are that you're a woman, aged 25 or under.

Sixty-four percent of local bloggers are female and 74% of them are in that age group.

This is a finding of an international online survey involving more than 25,000 Microsoft MSN web portal visitors in August and September.

The survey, Blogging Asia: A Windows Live Report, was conducted in Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

It is found that 41% of Malaysians who went online also blogged.

Malaysia's bloggers primarily do it for entertainment and to share their lives with family and friends.

"Blogging has moved into the mainstream in Asia and Malaysia, and has become a popular way to stay in touch with family and friends," said Grant Watts, Microsoft South-East Asia general manager for online services group.

The survey found that 56% of Malaysians blogged to express passionately held views, while 49% blogged to keep friends and family updated.

Some 34% just like having a little corner of cyberspace to call their own.

Only a small number, about 3%, said they were practising "citizen journalism".

As for blog-reading habits, 63% of respondents said that they read blogs for entertainment, while technology, travel and music were the most widely read blog topics across Asia and in Malaysia.

The majority of blog readers, 81%, are most interested in blogs written by friends or family.

Far behind in popularity are blogs by business leaders and politicians garner the least interest.

Blog readers said they looked for good writing and plenty of pictures. picked it up here, with a more holistic perspective, covering other countries participating in the survey as well. I am not sure whether it is first or second hand, since PRNewswire has the same report. Anyway, let's proceed:
Stat: Nearly half of those online in Asia have a blog, 74% find blogs by friends/family to be most interesting
Stat: Young people and women dominate (except India where it is overwhelmingly a male domain)
Stat: 50% believe blog content to be as trustworthy as traditional media
Stat: 41% spend more than three hours a week blogging
Stat: More than 40% have less than 10 visitors per week
Stat: 55% of bloggers in Asia were found to be female and 45% male.
Stat: 20% of Malaysians voted for Blogs focusing on politics, compared to 14% on average across Asia

It is interesting that the second report highlighted this whilst The Star did not:
Politicians fared poorly across the region with only 14% interested in reading their blogs except in Malaysia where they were quite popular with 20% listing this type of blog as being of interest.

Note of caution though: the sample involves only Microsoft MSN web portal visitors and may not be representative of the whole Malaysian blogosphere.


  • I participated in this poll. I have also done so for yours. Clearly, the poll has 2 folds from Microsoft's point of view - creating a presence that is alive and kicking. Secondly, it's good that your topic takes a different slant but to some interesting findings slanting towards political interest. Hence, good luck. I am spreading the word via my own blog today for you.

    By Anonymous jeffrey chew, at 6:26 AM  

  • Dear Jeffrey,
    Thanks for the encouragement and the link! Hopefully I will get a big and meaningful sample size. Relying very much on word of mouth, so every bit counts =)

    By Blogger June, at 9:04 AM  

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