According to Hitwise, Sina Microblog (or Sina Weibo) accounted for 1 in every 158 Internet visits in China for April 2011. This makes China one of the most voracious micro-blogging nations worldwide, with a greater market share of visits going to microblogging sites in China than in the UK, US, France, Canada, Australia or India. With the knowledge that Sina Weibo have been rolling out new features such as an instant messaging service, and an English UI iPhone app, you should be less surprised by this news. It’s now seeming even more likely that Weibo could surpass Twitter by the end of this year.
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I’ve always been a bit curious about social media and its uses. In the US and most of Europe it’s pretty simple, Facebook and Twitter are the dominant platforms. Asia however is a completely different sort of beast, and many countries here have their own social media platforms that are better tailored to the language and social culture, like China.
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The most recent update of Sina Weibo’s iPhone app gives users the option English interface. Sina has clearly caught on that their site has the potential to become an international hit, with American celebrities like Tom Cruise signing up. Many foreign Twitter users, including yours truly, are now considering a full switch from Twitter to Weibo.
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It seems that 2011 may be the year of American social media in China. A re-entry in to China by Facebook has all but been confirmed with it’s probable Baidu partnership. It’s now been rumored that Jack Dorsey, Co-Founder and Chairman of Twitter, will be making a trip to Shanghai in May. The rumor has been circulating on Chinese blogs, and people are saying the visit has been confirmed, but the purpose of this trip is not clear so far.
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Sina Weibo, China’s popular social networking site, had more than 50 million registered users after just 14 months of operation! As of March 2011 the number of users has now exceeded 100 million making it one of the most popular social networking sites in the world, and it’s still growing. If you’re interested in jumping on the band wagon there are a couple great English guides that you can check out that help explain just how to use the Chinese site.
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So the other day I came home and while parking my scooter I found that a new car sat parked in a parking spot nearby. The car was the Mini-E, BMW’s all-electric zero emissions vehicle. They’ve been producing them since 2009, but only around 600 people have had the privilege of testing out what is possibly the future of cars. It seems that the test vehicles have now many their way to Beijing as part of a 5 month road test.
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I recently came across some pretty hilarious comic strips on a Chinese blogger’s Weibo account and thought, “who would appreciate these more than my loyal readers!?” They’re drawn by Zenith Knight, a blogger who’s created these as part of his new comic titled DigiWar.
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With the popularity of social media growing in China, it’s no surprise that the government is jumping on the bandwagon. With many of the worlds most popular social networking sites being cloned in China, the government is finding it easier to push their agenda on the right people. Using services like Sina Weibo they’re also hoping to be viewed differently by the public by adding a face to the government.
Sina will launch its instant messenger next week, integrated into its microblogs (Weibo). Sina could be a serious threat to Tencent in China now. If you are a weibo user, you can check out Weibo Air, newly launched client side weibo application based on Adobe Air platform.
Are you interested in learning how to use China’s popular twitter like social networking site Weibo? Well look no further! Bill over at DigiCha has written a pretty awesome 20 page guide which breaks down the micro-blogging site for English speakers.