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.
US-listed shares of Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, surged 14 per cent on Thursday following rumours that it could be acquired by Alibaba Group.Friday, 12 September, 2014, 10:47am
Hong Kong is apparently becoming the next Tibet or Xinjiang on Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, in terms of the level of political sensitivity these days.7 Jul 2014 - 8:14am 1 comment
Since the dawn of the information age, it has become clear that social media can be a powerful force for social change. From Tunisia to Taiwan, new technology has been key to organising protest movements and motivating people - especially the young - to get involved.8 Jun 2014 - 7:14am
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.18 Apr 2014 - 1:17am
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
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
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
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, 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
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
"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
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
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
Excitement about first lady Peng Liyuan is continuing to spread on mainland microblogging platforms, but one site devoted to her was suddenly shut down on Tuesday afternoon.
The disappointed microblog owner of the " Guo Mu [national mother] Fan Club", Wang Jian , said the decision was "undemocratic".28 Mar 2013 - 5:31am
War of words continues just days after China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, attacked Apple for allegedly providing Chinese users with an inferior service.27 Mar 2013 - 2:06pm 32 comments