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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According to market analysts Sina Weibo is due to surpass twitter in number of users later this year. The relatively new Chinese microblogging site has been getting a lot of attention lately, and to be honest, I’m very interested myself. Many call Weibo the Twitter of China, but if that’s true then why the possible change in hierarchy?