China seems to have its own take on almost every popular foreign web service, and its take on Foursquare is the widely-popular Jiepang. The company kept very busy last year, making changes like WeChat integration to keep up with the fast-changing world of China’s web. And it has worked well; Jiepang CEO David Liu told PandoDaily that 200,000 people now use the service every day. But now that 2012 has drawn to a close, how did the year turn out? Jiepang has produced an infographic to fill you in!
But will Jiepang look the same at the end of 2013? It’s not likely. As we mentioned, Jiepang has already begun a shift towards WeChat and that service’s massive-and-growing user base. But according to PandoDaily, over the coming year Jiepang will shift even further away from its roots, switching to a more Path-like service so as to ensure Jiepang still offers something unique and valuable to the social users who are now getting their location-sharing fix from WeChat.
But of course, such a switch will put Jiepang more squarely in the line of fire from other more “traditional” social services like Renren and Sina Weibo. Whether or not the company will be able to produce such a positive infographic after 2013 is over remains to be seen.