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Community Blog Next-Gen Social Platform Reimagined: Harnessing the Power of Cloud for Unprecedented Connectivity

Next-Gen Social Platform Reimagined: Harnessing the Power of Cloud for Unprecedented Connectivity

Heat Up, a social networking platform has expanded into overseas markets by utilizing cloud technology support from Alibaba Cloud for seamless real-time communication experiences.

Recent years have seen the internet industry transitioning from its initial rapid growth phase into a more mature and stable stage of development. With the Internet market in China becoming increasingly saturated, the competition is getting more and more intense, which makes the growth space gradually limited. Nevertheless, this also brings new opportunities to explore new path on the other hand. In this context, the vast overseas market has become a new arena for many Internet enterprises. Benefiting from its unique internet environment, after more than a decade of rapid development, China's internet sector has forged models and experiences that are highly competitive in the global market. In overseas markets, there is no shortage of Chinese companies making significant strides in various fields and tracks such as e-commerce, gaming, social network, short video, and local lifestyle services.

As of April 2023, the number of global social network users has reached 4.8 billion, with a penetration rate of 59.9% among the global population. Social networking plays an important part in China's internet sector, developing rapidly and displaying strong competitiveness and influence in the global market. Strangers social in particular, given its vast user base and well-established social networking algorithms, offers users a variety of interactive methods, including text and voice chat, video calls, live streaming, and interactive gaming etc.

As one of the established platform excel in pushing the boundary of social networking, Heat Up officially started testing water in overseas market as early as May 2021. Unlike other similar social platforms, Heat Up achieved personal information matching based on LBS and real person authentication. Users can freely chat in text, audio or video, and make friends with strangers.

In terms of user numbers, regions such as Southeast Asia and Latin America hold significant potential for growth, presenting considerable room for user acquisition. In terms of market strategy, Heat Up has chosen emerging markets as its entry point, adopting a strategy of making breakthroughs in focused regions combined with approach of radiating to wider areas to achieve globalization. Heat Up validated the stranger social networking model in Southeast Asia, creating a high-quality experience that balances personalization with authenticity for its users. At the same time, the platform is actively engaged in localized operations and building local channels for brand development. According to third-party data, within just one year of launch, Heat Up's monthly download have exceeded 1.3 million. As of now, the platform has cumulatively reached over a hundred million users.

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Social products can be considered the closest form to individuals, with user experience being the core demand and a crucial factor for the product's success. In addition to high-quality localization and brand building efforts, the rapid growth of Heat Up in the Southeast Asian market can largely be attributed to a suite of premium features and exceptional experiences crafted for overseas users. Currently, Heat Up features primary menus such as matches, news feeds, voice chat rooms, messaging, and personal profiles. Unlike some local market social products, Heat Up has introduced distinctive social app features such as LBS (Location-Based Services), user identity, and match indices to strengthen authenticity. The platform combines serious dating elements with more casual video and voice chats. Additionally, immersive and complete experiences are provided for customers through real-time interaction, games, and reward-based entertainment features.

In any of the given scenarios stated above, it's essential to ensure that users can experience seamless and smooth communication without delays or lags, and high-speed responses with zero waiting time, regardless of when and where they are, or how they choose to connect. These next-generation social models, represented by ultimate user experiences, rely on underlying cloud technology support for their rapid implementation and success in overseas markets.

Unlike the single-stream format of livestreaming, the core of the new generation of social applications lies in multi-device real-time interactions and multi-person split-screen online interactions, which generate a high demand for smooth, lossless, and low-latency communication. They also need to support a variety of interactive features without lag, such as co-hosting, online competition and more. To meet this core requirement, Alibaba Cloud provides Heat Up with a global real-time audio and video development platform, Real-Time Communication (RTC). Leveraging core technologies in audio and video encoding/decoding, channel transmission, and network scheduling, it offers highly available, high-quality, and ultra-low-latency audio and video interaction services. This enables clients to quickly build multi-platform real-time applications, support multi-device access, and offer a high-quality audio-video experience alongside various social features.

In essence, to address high concurrency traffic spike arising from specific real-time interaction scenarios, such as online gatherings, chat room games, limited time gifts offer, there is a need for elastic and scalable computing resources, as well as low-latency and high-quality global networks to ensure smooth connectivity and user experience. Alibaba Cloud provides Heat Up with highly reliable and available cloud infrastructure, including elastic computing power and global network, and support customers to build a stable and highly available App to grapple with traffic spike and ensure speedy interaction.

Additionally, for Heat Up, adhering to local legal compliance requirements in overseas markets and ensuring the privacy security of user data is the cornerstone of business development. This is a top priority for any enterprise going global. Alibaba Cloud holds more than 130 global security and compliance certifications, with globally leading capabilities in data security and privacy compliance, ensuring the safety of personal information for global users.

Today, Heat Up continues to grow in Southeast Asia. According to authoritative global data sources, Heat Up had broken into top three in the Indonesian market in 2022 by downloads. Meanwhile, Heat Up is actively looking to expand into other key overseas markets on a global scale. As Heat Up's cloud computing technology partner, Alibaba Cloud will accompany it on its journey abroad, advancing hand in hand. The new generation of cloud-native architecture built on Alibaba Cloud will support its 7+ million daily active users, while Alibaba Cloud's globally deployed cloud infrastructure and high-quality global backbone network will aid its rapid expansion into different regions, accelerating its business growth. Together, the two sides will boldly move forward to achieve the success of Chinese social products in overseas markets.

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