Renren’s Rise and Fall


In this episode of Media Nouveau, we discuss a Chinese social network, Renren, the so-called “Facebook of China”. By introducing Renren’s original orientation and strategies and comparing them with its later transformation, we delve into the reasons why Renren became famous in the beginning but quickly declined within a few years though it took a similar path with Facebook. What did Renren do wrong? Let’s find the answers in this podcast!


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Photo Credit:

Renren by Luisa Beltran on

Rise and fall image via Shutterstock

Music Credit:

Inner Warmth from

君をのせて by 宫崎骏          from The collection of Miyazaki Hayao



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