James H. Bao, co-founder of the OneVietnam Network generated a list of US Vietnamese Social Networks on their blog, Vietnam Talking Points. James found five networks and he provides a summary of their work. Please visit their blog to learn more.
In particular, James writes:
Of the networks I’ve found, only two came out to be true social network by today’s definitions: Viet Circle and Vietmee.com. The rest are better categorizes as community blogs or forums. Of the bunch, Viet Circle offers the most familiar social networking experience. Yet, the site tries to do too much (includes restaurant reviews, event planning), runs an outdated model (think MySpace), and is not actively developed.
The Vietnamese expat community still lacks a true network. With over 3 million people spread across 30 countries, there is a definite need for a network that can bring us together. I have reasons to believe that kind of network will be coming very soon (*wink).
James is talking about the exciting, highly anticipated, OneVietnam Network. The man behind the “network” is Paul Pham. Paul was part of the team that created the first web-based email service called Hotmail. After the company was acquired by Microsoft Corporation, he went on to work as a server architect for several years, developing the main revenue generating engine for Hotmail called WebCourier.
I can’t wait to see the fully functional network because it will be the first of its kind – bringing non-profit groups, volunteers, donors and supporters together on an integrated platform that uses all the tools of social media. This is where the Asian American philanthropy field needs to be headed. The fact that none of them have a philanthropy background makes it even more impressive. I like the idea of a fresh perspective and a new approach.
Disclosure: I serve as an advisor to OneVietnam Network.