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In character

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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