Real-Time Web

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

People power the key

The mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, may look like an ordinary citizen with an ordinary face and an ordinary haircut, but he is no ordinary government official.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Nerves of steel

The week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 Neck Of The Woods, Silversun Pickups

2 Blown Away, Carrie Underwood

3 Hello, Karmin (below)

4 Strangeland (Deluxe Version), Keane

5 21, Adele

6 Goodbye Normal, Turnpike

7 Little Broken Hearts, Norah Jones

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Deep and meaningful

Top photo

Packing tape is good for packing boxes and holding things together, but for American street artist Mark Jenkins, it is a flexible material to create one-of-a-kind clear tape sculptures.

Once he's done with a piece, he leaves it on the street because he wants to turn the street into a stage as people interact around his sculptures.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

How to Leave Twitter

How to Leave Twitter by Grace Dent Audible (audiobook)

11 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Lai See

Michael Tien struggles through a fog of information

RTHK's Backchat programme yesterday produced more fireworks on the topic of Hong Kong's air quality. Professor Tony Hedley, who is an acknowledged world expert on public health and the environment, described the government's announcement of new air quality objectives (AQOs) as 'disappointing, chaotic, out of control'.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Birds, Bills, billions

The week's top 10 song downloads on iTunes

1 We Found You (featuring Calvin Harris), Rihanna

2 Sexy and I Know It, LMFAO

3 Someone Like You, Adele

4 Good Feeling, Flo Rida

5 Without You (feat. Usher), David Guetta

6 Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5

7 It Will Rain, Bruno Mars

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Legco to raise heat over charcoal sales

6 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

David Tang gets it right (not many people know that)

Entrepreneur David Tang Wing-cheung is on a mission to help the rich and famous set the record straight.

His new brainchild is Icorrect, a website where celebrities can rectify untruths said about them.

Take British actor Michael Caine. For years he has been mimicked with the words: 'Not many people know that.'

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Strategic cheerleading and mysterious fees

Thousands of students and other Chinese gathered at various points along President Hu Jintao's way in the United States, often in biting wind and sub-zero temperatures, to cheer and support him.

24 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Young Filipinos provide non-stop, real-time tweets on day at the polls

Filipino youth voting for the first time packed polling stations yesterday - and they brought their cellphones with them.

From the moment the polls opened at 7am, cyberspace was flooded with tweets from young voters standing in lines.

'Today is the historic automated national and local elections. Go out and exercise your right to vote,' one tweet said.

11 May 2010 - 12:00am

People need to wise up online to be safe, says security expert

If it can happen to the president of the United States, identity theft, it seems, can happen to any of us.

20 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Obama town hall Twitter plan looks to skirt mainland censors

First it was the town hall speech and now it's Twitter.

US President Barack Obama plans to bring his election-winning recipe for public engagement to China - but he'll have to get around the mainland's internet censors first.

14 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

When Twitter fans lose their way, they tweet for help - then help local charity

The power of Twitter's real-time information flow was demonstrated well on Saturday night at TwestivalHK, a fund-raising gathering for fans of the micro-blogging service. Apparently more than a few people had trouble finding the venue (the Culture Club and Guru Indian restaurant in SoHo) and vented their frustration via - where else - Twitter.

15 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Warning over Twitter, YouTube 'subversion'

Twitter and YouTube were becoming handy and powerful subversion tools for hostile Western forces, a newspaper owned by the Chinese military warned yesterday.

7 Aug 2009 - 12:00am