Yahoo! to Shut Down Indonesian Social Networking Site Koprol

By webadmin on 05:20 pm Jul 02, 2012
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Jakarta Globe

Yahoo! will shut down the Indonesian social networking site Koprol at the end of August, bringing what was seen as a vote of confidence in the nation’s burgeoning tech sector to a disappointing end.

The company laid off 2,000 employees in March. By August 28, the site will go offline.

“The time has come to say goodbye to Yahoo! Koprol,” Yahoo said in a press release posted on the website.

The US tech giant bought Koprol developer SkyEight for an undisclosed sum two and a half years ago. At the time, the service had 75,000 registered users and offered Indonesians a way to post photos, restaurant reviews and status updates with location-specific tags. Yahoo! had hoped that Koprol would catch on like Foursquare did in the US.

Yahoo Southeast Asia’s managing director Yvonne Chang had previously described the relationship as “love at first sight,” explaining that the company planned to expand Koprol to 38 markets worldwide.

By 2011, Koprol had blossomed to include 1.5 million users across Southeast Asia.

But that didn’t save the social networking site from the chopping block.

“In line with Yahoo!’s focus on more quickly innovating with our core products and properties, over the coming quarters, we are shutting down or transitioning a number of products that did not meaningfully drive revenue or engagement,” the company said in a press release.