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Yahoo acquires Koprol

Perspektif Online
25 May 2010

 

Yahoo! buys mobile phone networking firm Koprol

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Yahoo! has announced that it has acquired Koprol, an Indonesian Internet service that lets people use mobile telephones to instantly connect with nearby people and places.

"Users are increasingly relying on mobile devices to communicate and access the Internet and they are looking for seamless integrationbetween those devices and PCs," said Rose Tsou, senior vice president, Asia Region at Yahoo!

"Koprol was uniquely designed for mobile phones and within a year has already built a strong user base."

Yahoo! planned to use its global presence to introduce Jakarta-based Koprol to other parts of the world. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Koprol lets people "check-in" to locations using Web browsers on mobile phones and then see which other users are nearby and what they are doing, in a fashion sim ilar to US location-based social networks Foursquare and Gowalla.

Koprol users can share tips, reviews, pictures or other information in real-time with other users in proximity.

Koprol provides tips about local businesses, such as popular shops or restaurants, based on user ratings including a "thumbs-up" feature that elevates favored places to the tops of the rankings.

Users of the service can also start or join discussions based on particular locations and invite friends to participate.

"We are excited to join Yahoo! and look forward to the opportunities being part of a global Internet leader presents," said Koprol co-founder Fajar Budiprasetyo.

"This is a great success story for the online community in Indonesia and demonstrates that innovation is recognized wherever it occurs."

 


Yahoo! goes social; acquires Asian check-in service Koprol.

Yahoo! seems determined to not fade away.  After today’s discussion with TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington in which Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz proved that she could toss insults with the best of them, TechCrunch is reporting that the once-giant portal has acquired another property.Koprol is the Asian equivelent to Foursquare, a property that Yahoo! had shown some interest in purchasing in the past.  Bartz made it abundantly clear today that Yahoo! has a vested interest in being seen in the mobile market, and highlighted the fact that the company has a presence on over half of all mobile devices in the US.The move isn’t necessarily surprising, but it’s not something that we’d have seen coming.  To be honest, the large question of “what is Yahoo!” still keeps people guessing.  It would seem that Yahoo! is going the direction of markets that are just starting to crop into the technology radar.Koprol is based out of Jakarta, Indonesia and offers very similar features to Foursquare.  Check-ins, photo sharing and social ratings round out the major features, and will all likely make an appearance on the Yahoo! mobile application soon.

Yahoo! seems determined to not fade away.  After today’s discussion with TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington in which Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz proved that she could toss insults with the best of them, TechCrunch is reporting that the once-giant portal has acquired another property.

Koprol is the Asian equivelent to Foursquare, a property that Yahoo! had shown some interest in purchasing in the past.  Bartz made it abundantly clear today that Yahoo! has a vested interest in being seen in the mobile market, and highlighted the fact that the company has a presence on over half of all mobile devices in the US.

The move isn’t necessarily surprising, but it’s not something that we’d have seen coming.  To be honest, the large question of “what is Yahoo!” still keeps people guessing.  It would seem that Yahoo! is going the direction of markets that are just starting to crop into the technology radar.

Koprol is based out of Jakarta, Indonesia and offers very similar features to Foursquare.  Check-ins, photo sharing and social ratings round out the major features, and will all likely make an appearance on the Yahoo! mobile application soon.

Financial Times

In a separate deal due to be announced on Monday night, Yahoo is acquiring an Indonesian social-networking site that works on a wide range of mobile phones. The target, Koprol, an early-stage Jakarta company, only began accepting users late last year.

 

Yahoo acquires Koprol, Indonesia mobile-info firm

TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) -- Yahoo Inc.(YHOO 15.54, +0.07, +0.42%), the Sunnyvale, Calif., Internet-services giant, acquired Koprol, the Jakarta, Indonesia, community-connection services provider. Terms weren't disclosed. Across Koprol, users can share photos and reviews and access community information like stores and businesses through their mobile phones, Yahoo said in a Tuesday statement. Users also can locate each other and initiate and join discussions, Yahoo said. Rose Tsou, senior vice president of the Asia region for Yahoo, said in the statement that the acquisition is part of Yahoo's effort to introduce its brand in emerging countries with many new-to-the-Internet users.

 

Video: Conversation with Koprol founders

excerpt: 

Q: What does joining yahoo mean to you guys?

Daniel Armanto: It's great for us. Back then our main concern was the resource. By joining Yahoo Now we have unlimited resources.

Interviewer: What does joining yahoo mean to you guys?
Armanto: It's great for us. Back then our main concern was the resource. By joining Yahoo Now we have unlimited resourceWhat does joining yahoo mean to you guys?

 

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3 Comments:

  1. From Singgih Octafianto on 25 May 2010 15:48:43 WIB
    koprol going global.
    for a better koprol :-)
  2. From dewinoviana@gmail.com on 25 May 2010 16:04:37 WIB
    Let's Koprol!
    bb users, check this link www.koprol.com/blackberry

    ditunggu kaosnya hehe...
  3. From fakhri on 25 May 2010 19:58:29 WIB
    wah selamat ya..mg fiturnya mkin lgkap.cz backendnya yahoo

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