Sina Weibo

Sina Corp is an online Chinese media group operating Sina Weibo, a Chinese-language microblog loosely modelled on Twitter. Sina Weibo has more than half of the China market. Sina Corp also owns Sina.com, which is the biggest Chinese language infotainment web portal, according to Wikipedia. Sina Corp’s global headquarters are in Shanghai. Its rivals are Baidu and Sohu.com.

Indian PM's Weibo debut prompts jeers ahead of first China visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined Weibo. Photo: AFP

Narendra Modi, the third-most followed world leader on Twitter, joined Weibo to a chorus of jeers before his first trip to China as India’s prime minister.

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More funds flow to Alibaba's anticipated record-smashing IPO

Institutional investors hopped on the bandwagon led by Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma.

E-commerce powerhouse Alibaba is poised to become Asia's largest listed internet company later this week, but other Chinese technology firms likely feel that its initial public offering cannot come soon enough.

17 Sep 2014 - 5:39am 1 comment

Anti-porn watchdog to revoke Sina internet portal's licences over 'erotic' content

Anti-porn watchdog to revoke Sina internet portal's licences over 'erotic' content

China’s anti-pornography authorities say they plan to revoke licences owned by Sina.com, a massive portal run by internet giant Sina Corp, in what observers say is a surprisingly harsh move.

25 Apr 2014 - 3:16am 1 comment

Weibo's Nasdaq IPO set to raise US$340 million

Weibo's Nasdaq IPO set to raise US$340m

The microblogging service Weibo Corp - often described as China's version of Twitter - will raise at least US$340 million in its US stock offering, an updated filing showed.

6 Apr 2014 - 4:32am 1 comment

Sina Weibo removes the 'Sina' from its name, now just 'Weibo'

Various promotional images of Weibo's new, simplified logo. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China’s foremost microblogging platform has dropped the “Sina” from its name and is now officially known as just “Weibo”.

31 Mar 2014 - 7:26pm

Sina's Weibo files papers to raise US$500m in IPO in US

Weibo, part-owned by Alibaba, is going public. Photo: Bloomberg

Twitter-like microblog service Weibo has filed to raise US$500 million via a US initial public offering, as Chinese companies flock to the American market in record numbers to take advantage of soaring valuations.

16 Mar 2014 - 3:25am 2 comments

Fund managers cast wary eye on valuations of Chinese internet firms

Weibo plans to raise about US$500 million in a US listing.

Fund managers in Hong Kong have turned cautious on China's red-hot internet sector as valuations for such firms approach nosebleed levels.

4 Mar 2014 - 2:25pm

Sina plans US$500 million IPO for Weibo in US

Sina Weibo is coming under increasing threat from messaging apps like WeChat. Photo: Reuters

Chinese internet company Sina plans to spin off its Twitter-like microblog service, Weibo, in a US initial public offering to raise US$500 million, a person with knowledge of the deal said on Tuesday.

The person, who wasn’t authorised to speak publicly about the deal, said investment banks Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse had been hired to manage the IPO in New York.

25 Feb 2014 - 3:57pm

Alibaba, Sina cast envious eyes on Tencent's 'Hongbao'

A screenshot of a message page on the Wechat app telling the user he or she has won a hongbao, or "red envelope" via the app.

Things have certainly changed over the last 3 years in Lunar New Year messaging, as reflected by the flood of tech executives using their microblogs to weigh in on Tencent's (HKEx: 700) launch of a

6 Feb 2014 - 2:01pm

9pc fewer weibo users in China amid internet crackdown

9pc fewer weibo users in China amid internet crackdown

The number of weibo users on the mainland fell by 9 per cent last year to 281 million - a first-time drop that comes during a government crackdown on online "rumour-mongers".

17 Jan 2014 - 3:33am 1 comment

Sina profit of US$25m beats estimates

Weibo advertising revenues surged 125 per cent year-on-year in the third quarter. Photo: Reuters

Sina, the owner of the mainland's largest Twitter-like service, posted third-quarter profit that surpassed analysts' estimates after new mobile services helped lure more advertising.

14 Nov 2013 - 1:34am

Weibo's revenue challenges are far from micro

Weibo is facing strong competition from rivals such as WeChat. Photo: Bloomberg

Mainland online media group Sina Corp is facing twin challenges to its revenue - from a crackdown by the government on bloggers and competition from Tencent's WeChat.

30 Sep 2013 - 5:41am

Secretive world of the young, low-paid Weibo censors is revealed

Chinese censors are constantly deleting controversial posts from Sina Weibo. Photo: Reuters

In a modern office building on the outskirts of the Chinese city of Tianjin, rows of censors stare at computer screens. Their mission: delete any post on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, deemed offensive or politically unacceptable.

13 Sep 2013 - 4:08am

Former Google China head Lee Kai-fu sows seeds of change

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

It's afternoon, but technology entrepreneur Lee Kai-fu, has already had a busy day online. He's written 15 updates for his microblog, offering his views on a range of issues to his 50 million followers.

8 Aug 2013 - 8:51am 1 comment

Kevin Rudd's Weibo post about phone call with Xi Jinping goes viral

Photo: Screenshot via Sina Weibo

It’s been less than a fortnight since Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd took office in Canberra, but the Labor Party chief has already become somewhat of a social media rock star – in China.

24 Jul 2013 - 11:21am

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