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Microblogging

In character

Illustration: Yam Lee

Whether they want to take the pulse of the nation or merely shore up a dwindling fanbase, foreign celebrities are jumping on the mainland microblogging bandwagon. Sian Powell and Jie Chen look at the weibo effect.

Saturday, 10 November, 2012, 11:31pm

TV anchor 'outs' central government official after questionable 'romance' ends

Ji Yingnan

A mainland TV anchor has said on her verified micro-blogging account that an official at a central government agency lived with her for four years and gave her a stipend at least 10,000 yuan (HK$12,580) a day, without telling her he was married, before eventually dumping her.

17 Jun 2013 - 5:51am 4 comments

'Homework uncle' Lin Dongping uses Weibo to help pupils dig up answers

Lin Dongping

Lin Dongping, a 25-year-old IT programmer in Fujian's provincial capital, Fuzhou, uses his Weibo microblog to help high school pupils with their homework. Lin, who calls himself "homework uncle", seeks help from others or digs up answers after pupils take a photo of the question and send it to him.

26 May 2013 - 2:54pm 2 comments

Hawkish PLA general at centre of microblogging storm

CPPCC member and deputy secretary general of China Society of Military Science, Major General Luo Yuan. Photo: Simon Song

A hawkish PLA general, three days after his social networking debut, found himself in the middle of a microblogging storm over a strange post published under his name on Sunday night.

25 Feb 2013 - 10:54pm 2 comments

The answers to why there was no 'Chinese Spring' can all be found online

Two years on since small numbers of activists attempted to break through China's political deadlock, reliance on technology is still blamed for the failure.

25 Feb 2013 - 10:38am 3 comments

Human rights lawyer banned from mainland microblogging sites

Pu Zhiqiang

Leading human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has been banned from all microblogging platforms on the mainland after he used them to publicly criticise recently-retired security tsar Zhou Yongkang.

20 Feb 2013 - 5:20am 1 comment

Xi's top fan calls it quits on blog site after coming clean

Zhang Hungming poses with his personal computer, which he runs the popular fan page for the Communist Party's General Secretary Xi Jinping. Photo: AP

The announcement surprised many users of the Sina Weibo microblogging service, with many urging Zhang Hongming not to quit and saying he was doing "just doing great". Others were left speculating about the reasons behind his sudden decision to quit the blog, "Fan Club of Learning From Xi".

 

12 Feb 2013 - 11:15am 2 comments

Chinese netizens bemoan, mock rare Weibo outage

Popular Chinese social media service Sina Weibo was struck by a rare outage on Monday morning. Photo: Reuters

Weibo, the wildly popular Chinese social media service that boasts more than 300 million users, was struck by a rare outage for up to an hour on Monday morning.

21 Jan 2013 - 7:17pm

Beijing orders its 2.06 million 'propaganda workers' to get microblogging

Beijing propaganda authorities yesterday unveiled an elaborate plan to control discussions on microblog sites, a plan which places emphasis on monitoring and interacting with local users.

18 Jan 2013 - 10:25am

Brad Pitt deletes first Weibo post

Brad Pitt. Photo: Shutterstock

The power of social media may have given Hollywood star Brad Pitt cold feet. After attracting a lot of buzz with his debut on Sina Weibo on Monday, he quickly deleted his first post.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:07am

Twitter likely to launch IPO in 2014

Twitter likely to mark IPO for 2014

Twitter is about to celebrate its seventh year amid speculation that a shake-up of its management ranks before the Christmas holidays might pave the way for an initial public offering as soon as next year.

7 Jan 2013 - 4:31am

Investors demand probe into tycoon's blogs

Pan Shiyi's blog has more than 13 million followers. Photo: Nora Tam

Property tycoon and star blogger Pan Shiyi is under fire from investors, who complain he has been posting price-sensitive information about other companies on his weibo account and are calling on the authorities to open an investigation.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Speculation over Xi Jinping's weibo account

Xi Jinping on his low-key tour of Guangdong. Photo: He Huifeng

A new microblog account dedicated to Xi Jinping is attracting thousands of influential followers amid speculation that it might be run by someone close to the country's top leader, if not the man himself.

30 Dec 2012 - 5:24am

Instagram to share data with Facebook

From next month Instagram’s new privacy policy clears the way for sharing data with its parent, social networking giant, Facebook. Photo: EPA

Smartphone photo sharing service Instagram has refined its privacy policy to clear the way for sharing data with Facebook, which bought the company earlier this year.

“Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them,” Instagram said in a blog post.

18 Dec 2012 - 1:17pm

China Digest, November 21, 2012

State broadcaster China Central Television raised 15.8 billion yuan (HK$19.49 billion) on Sunday by auctioning off advertising spots for next year.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

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