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  1. Beijing municipality embraces weibo fad

    Posted Dec 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing ed.zhang@scmp.com It would be 'unthinkable' for the central government to close down all of the country's Twitter-like microblogs, or weibo, however ... of the capital city's information office. 'So many people are using weibo [the Chinese name for 140-character microblogs], and they all love using them.' This was because weibo ...

  2. Weibo a window that must not close

    Posted Sep 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... The mainland's hugely popular micro-blogging service Sina Weibo has a reputation for being largely uncensored, the result of a tussle between authorities about just how far to go ... of boiling over. Authorities should be encouraging their use, not restricting access. Accounts of the claimed corruption and misdeeds of officials are commonplace on Weibo, but the gossip, ...

  3. Weibo puts the heat on officials over tragedy

    Posted Jul 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... stands at 39 were raised on Sina Weibo- the Chinese version of Twitter- which has become a driving force in providing accurate details on the accident that conflict with official accounts. It has also been a popular platform to search for missing victims when no official channel was available for this purpose. 'The nature of Weibo's communication empowers the voice of internet ...

  4. Sina may block posting of 'rumours'

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Priscilla Jiao priscilla.jiao@scmp.com Sina, the operator of China's massively popular microblogging service, Weibo, may introduce a 'credibility system' in which users who post rumours would be 'penalised' and their influence 'removed'. No details were given. Authorities have pressured Weibo's operators recently to curb online rumours, ...

  5. Family feud

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... with Vivian Chen Recently my sister complained about me posting her son's photos on Weibo, but not photos of my Jayden Max. All I have to say is sorry, and I hope when she sees this she will stop being so angry. Actress Michele Reis on her Twitter-like Weibo account, in a comment posted with photos of her son Jayden Max Hui ...

  6. Idol pursuits

    Posted Jan 07th 2011, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... Vivian Chen Just as celebrities in the West were quick to jump on the Twitter bandwagon, Chinese celebrities have been swift to adopt the mainland equivalent, Sina Weibo. More than 35,000 ... with significant followings of their own. Many Weibo celebrities are professionals in fashion and show business- stylists, talent agents and the like- who gained attention simply because they were posting ...

  7. Young at heart entertainer Liza Wang keeps abreast of new technology

    Posted Feb 16th 2011, 12:00am by Vivian Chen

    ... with Vivian Chen On Valentine's Day, Weibo was as overloaded with romantic messages as the offline world. One fanatic of Weibo (the Chinese Twitter), entertainment veteran Liza Wang ... Association of Hong Kong's Lunar New Year lunch on Monday, Wang told reporters to check her Weibo about her previous whereabouts. 'Before coming down here, we went to Wong Tai Sin temple. We ...

  8. Officials encouraged to go online

    Posted Oct 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... as the State Council's Information Office, encouraged government agencies and officials to better employ Weibo to engage the public and channel public opinion, Xinhua reported. 'I hope the party and government agencies and officials set up Weibo accounts with an open and confident attitude to respond to topical issues and clarify rumours,' he said. More than 200 million posts ...

  9. Microblogs a big part of student life

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. She was talking about her habit of using Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like social networking site on the mainland. 'On Weibo, I'm mostly interested in current events, what my friends are saying and information related to travelling and photography,' Deng says. Young people use Weibo and other microblogs to connect with their friends ...

  10. Jim Chim blows off steam with video rant that reaches a million-plus via the Net

    Posted Jan 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Wanna Say [Cantonese expletive]- a spoof of Andy Lau Tak-wah's I Don't Wanna Say Goodbye. He promoted it on his Weibo (China's version of Twitter) account, and in just four days ... suit. It has spread like wildfire and is getting positive responses on the internet, thanks to Weibo. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the now infamous collaborative rap video with MC Jin ...




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