China: No Need for Open Internet?

  While state media has cited the “near flawless organization” of the Beijing Olympics in support of China’s bid for the 2022 Winter Games, critics have pointed out 2008’s broken promises on media freedom and other rights issues as cause for hesitation. Reuters’ Ben Blanchard reports one bid official’s claim that foreign attendees in 2022 would enjoy unfettered Internet access, but that [...]

China tightens rules on Internet use

  By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING — China announced Wednesday that users of blogs and chat rooms will be required to register their names with operators and promise in writing to avoid challenging the Communist political system, further tightening control over Internet use. The announcement follows what technology companies say are official efforts [...]

Sina Weibo Rebranded Itself as Weibo

China’s largest microblog platform, Sina Weibo, which is preparing to launch an initial public offering in the US, has rebranded. The company posted its decision to drop the first part of its name on its own microblog (registration in Chinese). “Goodbye Sina Weibo. Hello Weibo!” the company wrote on March 28. By changing its name [...]

Sina Weibo files for $500 million U.S. IPO

(Reuters) – Twitter-like messaging service Weibo Corp filed on Friday to raise $500 million via a U.S. initial public offering, as Chinese companies flock to the American market in record numbers to take advantage of soaring valuations. Weibo, owned by Sina Corp, becomes the latest Chinese Internet giant to tap U.S. markets, following on the heels of [...]

Sina Weibo has grown to 60.2 million daily active users among its 600 million registered users

Sina (NASDAQ:SINA) released its Q3 earnings report overnight, revealing that its Twitter-like Weibo saw growing revenues. In the post-earnings conference call, Sina CEO Charles Chao revealed that Weibo’s daily active users grew 11.2 percent to reach 60.2 million from June to September. That’s better than the 8.3 percent rise in daily actives during Q2. Chao [...]

Glogou helps US companies build brands in China

Iris Huang (second from right), director of global marketing at Glogou, with her team at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters. Provided to China Daily Baidu is the dominant search engine in China. But for any non-Chinese business pining to capture a smidgeon of the Middle Kingdom market, there is a massive obstacle: The search giant’s [...]

With a Surge in China Outbound Tourism: How Can Businesses Cater to Chinese Travellers

Last fall, a former Chinese employee of mine who goes by the Western name Marc, suddenly called me after more than a decade hiatus in our correspondence. He told me that he was now running his own travel company in Shanghai, and was in New York City leading a group of mid-level Chinese business managers [...]

Sina Weibo is Still Powerful Despite Zombies

According to the Wall Street Journal, a recent study from Hong Kong University found that over 57% of the 500 million-plus registered users on Sina Weibo, China’s favorite microblogging service, may be “zombie” accounts that post no original tweets. The study further found that just over 10% of users appear active in a given week, [...]

How Many People Really Use Sina Weibo Among its 500 Million Users?

China’s most beloved microblog, Sina Corp.’s Weibo is often described as a virtual town square where Chinese people can publicly discuss issues from politics to pop stars with a level of freedom not available elsewhere in the country. If that’s the case, a new study suggests the square isn’t nearly as full as it might [...]

Kobe Bryant tweets on China’s Top Social Network Sina Weibo on Valentine’s Day 2013

Beijing–Sina Weibo has verified that the NBA superstar Kobe Bryant has set up an individual account on its hugely popular site. Bryant’s followers numbered more than 100,000 within hours on Thursday. By Friday, Feb 15, 2013, Bryant has gained over 422,000 fans on Weibo with only one tweet in one day. In comparison, Bryant has [...]