Notes from Singles Day 2015

And so it has begun: The world’s biggest online shopping day.

In China.

More than $9 billion dollars was spent this day last year and experts are forecasting a number well north of that this year.

As I’ve been doing for the past few years, I’ve collected a few screen grabs of localized websites in China. Here are the latest:

Nike

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You Say .Sucks, I Say .Global: The flood of new domain names isn’t pretty but will create a truly global Internet

I sympathize with Internet old timers (such as myself) who look back wistfully at the good ol’ days, when the only decision you had to make when registering a new domain name was choosing between .com or .net. Today, there …

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No Ordinary Disruption: It’s time to reset intuitions

I was given a review copy of No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends, which I read over the weekend. The authors are Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, and Jonathan Woetzel — all directors at the McKinsey Global …

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Hotels.com, Hotels.ng and the value of country codes

I read today about the Nigerian startup Hotels.ng and my first thought was why Hotels.com didn’t already own the Nigerian country code. After all, Hotels.com owns country codes for France and Italy and Japan, among others. But was apparently late to registering …

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The top 25 global websites from the 2014 Web Globalization Report Card

UPDATE: The 2017 Web Globalization Report Card is now available. More than ten years ago I set out to create a report that benchmarked global websites. I looked at languages supported. I studied the localized websites. I interviewed the executives …

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