• Sun
  • Apr 20, 2014
  • Updated: 7:02pm


Weibo, which means micro blog in Chinese, is a Chinese Twitter-like online networking tool. Hundreds of millions of netizens across China use Weibo as a platform to exchange information and voice opinions on social issues in a nation under strict news censorship. Sina Weibo is currently the largest social networking website in China with 368 million registered users as of June 2012.  

Weibo raises US$286m in IPO with low-end pricing

Weibo, the microblogging service owned by Sina and Alibaba, raised US$285.6 million in its initial public offering in the United States after pricing the shares at the low end of a marketed range, sources said.

Friday, 18 April, 2014, 1:17am

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

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

'He's not cool,' Chinese magazine editorial slams Xi Jinping for lacking 'wisdom and courage'

A Beijing-based business magazine raised eyebrows this week by running a full-page editorial urging the country’s leaders to pursue further political reforms to ensure future economic prosperity.

31 May 2013 - 9:50pm 2 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

Tap social media to connect better with mainlanders

The past few years have seen increasing conflicts between people in Hong Kong and those from the mainland. The rule to limit sales of baby formula, for example, not only drew criticism from the mainland media and public but has also caused controversy at home.

1 May 2013 - 2:32am 1 comment

Alibaba chief Jack Ma confident on mobile push

Alibaba, through a wholly owned subsidiary, agreed to invest US$586 million and take an 18 per cent stake in Weibo, the Twitter-like microblogging service with more than 503 million users. It is owned by Nasdaq-listed Sina, a leading online media company based in Shanghai.

1 May 2013 - 4:25am

Oo la la! Hollande's 'French fly' mocked in China

When François Hollande arrived in Beijing on Thursday after a torrid month at home, he intended discussing serious matters -  but some mischevious Chinese were more interested in poking fun at his pants.

26 Apr 2013 - 1:11pm 4 comments

Social media in China redraws old battle lines between left and right

"P*** off and go abroad" is an insult that writer Li Chengpeng faces every day. Many conservatives want the former soccer commentator to leave the country and don't shy away from telling him so on microblogs or to his face at book readings.

17 Apr 2013 - 5:11am

New regulations in China ban journalists from quoting foreign media

On the day Chinese journalists woke up to news that the New York Times won a Pulitzer for its report on former Premier Wen Jiabao's family fortune, China's media regulator issued new regulations banning reports on foreign media coverage.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Boston bomb blasts 'hold lessons for China' as weibo sees outpouring of grief

News of two bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon have led to an outpouring of sympathy from Chinese internet users on Tuesday, with tens of thousands of expressions of grief shared on microblogs. 

Among the posts most shared was one by a Chinese journalist based in New York who said the US coverage of the tragedy holds lessons for China. 

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am