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URL http://www.kaixin001.com
Commercial? Yes
Type of site Social network service
Registration required
Available language(s) Chinese
Launched April, 2008
Current status Active

Kaixin001 (Chinese: 开心网pinyin: Kāixīnwǎng; aka "Happy Net") is a social networking website launched in March , 2008.[1] [2]

In 2009, Kaixin001 ranks the 13th most popular website in China according to Alexa Internet.[3]



Kaixin001's success can be partly credited to the Great Firewall of China. Due to the permanent blockage of other Social Networking Websites, such as Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube since the summer of 2009, after the Ürümqi riots, [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] many Chinese nationals turned to domestic sites, hence the membership spikes.

On 20th of May 2009, Kaixin001 formally sued Qianxiang Group for unfair competition, Qianxiang Group who runs one of China's famous SNS sites Renren.com purchased the kaixin.com domain and launch a Kaixin001 clone.[10]


Kaixin001 clone and brought the most famous successful Facebook applications to the Chinese Market before anyone else. For example

  • Friends for Sale: A game that users can price and sell their friends
  • Happy Farm: Users can grown their own vegetables and steal vegetables from their friends.


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