Microblogging in China

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Weibo is the Chinese word for "microblog".wikipedia
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Sina Weibo

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Weibo uses a format similar to its American counterpart Twitter, but used almost exclusively by Chinese language speakers; this has a direct impact on features such as hashtags on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, which both employ a double-hashtag "#HashName#" method, since the lack of spacing between Chinese characters necessitates a closing tag.
Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging (weibo) website.

Tencent Weibo

Weibo
Weibo uses a format similar to its American counterpart Twitter, but used almost exclusively by Chinese language speakers; this has a direct impact on features such as hashtags on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, which both employ a double-hashtag "#HashName#" method, since the lack of spacing between Chinese characters necessitates a closing tag.
Tencent Weibo is a Chinese microblogging (weibo) website launched by Tencent in April 2010, and is still currently under beta testing.

Microblogging

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Weibo is the Chinese word for "microblog".
The users use Chinese weibo services such as Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo.

Fanfou

Fanfou, one of the earliest weibo services, highly similar to Twitter, closed due to Chinese censorship, re-opened in November 2010
Fanfou is a Chinese microblogging (weibo) website.

Internet censorship in China

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Due to the Internet censorship in China, all of the China-based weibo services are now controlled by various self-censorship policies and methods.
In the aftermath, Liang's name became the most-censored search term on Weibo.

Sina Corp

Sinasina.comSina TV
Sina.com's CEO Charles Chao considered it to be an opportunity.
* Microblogging in China

Comparison of microblogging services

Comparison of microblogging services
Microblogging in China

Chinese language

ChineseRegional dialectChinese:
Weibo is the Chinese word for "microblog".

Twitter

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Weibo uses a format similar to its American counterpart Twitter, but used almost exclusively by Chinese language speakers; this has a direct impact on features such as hashtags on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, which both employ a double-hashtag "#HashName#" method, since the lack of spacing between Chinese characters necessitates a closing tag. Fanfou, one of the earliest weibo services, highly similar to Twitter, closed due to Chinese censorship, re-opened in November 2010 The website's layout, API, and mode of use was highly similar to Twitter, which was created earlier in 2006.

Hashtag

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Weibo uses a format similar to its American counterpart Twitter, but used almost exclusively by Chinese language speakers; this has a direct impact on features such as hashtags on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, which both employ a double-hashtag "#HashName#" method, since the lack of spacing between Chinese characters necessitates a closing tag.

Chinese characters

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Weibo uses a format similar to its American counterpart Twitter, but used almost exclusively by Chinese language speakers; this has a direct impact on features such as hashtags on Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo, which both employ a double-hashtag "#HashName#" method, since the lack of spacing between Chinese characters necessitates a closing tag.

Latin alphabet

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A major difference is that much more information can be conveyed in 140 Chinese characters than the 140 Latin alphabet characters used on Twitter for many languages.

Domain name

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Sina has used the domain name weibo.com for the service since April 2011.

Wenzhou train collision

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After the high-speed Wenzhou train collision in 2011 in which 40 people died, online posting played a key role in spreading the news quickly and discussing and evaluating government response.

Internet slang

netspeakinternet shorthandInternet/chat slang
A similar word "围脖" is used as Internet slang for "weibo".

Beijing

PekingBeijing, ChinaBeiping
It was launched in Beijing on May 12, 2007 by the co-founder of Xiaonei (now Renren) Wang Xing .

Renren

Renren (人人网)Renren Inc.Renren Network
It was launched in Beijing on May 12, 2007 by the co-founder of Xiaonei (now Renren) Wang Xing .

Wang Xing

It was launched in Beijing on May 12, 2007 by the co-founder of Xiaonei (now Renren) Wang Xing .

Application programming interface

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The website's layout, API, and mode of use was highly similar to Twitter, which was created earlier in 2006.

Hewlett-Packard

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The users included HP China, the Southern Weekly, artist Ai Weiwei, writer Lian Yue and TV commentator Liang Wendao .

Southern Weekly

Nanfang ZhoumoSouthern Weekend南方周末
The users included HP China, the Southern Weekly, artist Ai Weiwei, writer Lian Yue and TV commentator Liang Wendao .

July 2009 Ürümqi riots

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After the July 2009 Ürümqi riots, the CPC government shut down most of the domestic weibo services, including Fanfou and Jiwai.

Communist Party of China

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After the July 2009 Ürümqi riots, the CPC government shut down most of the domestic weibo services, including Fanfou and Jiwai.

Facebook

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Many popular non China-based microblogging services such as Twitter, Facebook and Plurk have been blocked since then.

Plurk

Many popular non China-based microblogging services such as Twitter, Facebook and Plurk have been blocked since then.