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Where China's Weibo Beats Facebook and Twitter 68

HansonMB writes with this excerpt: "Launched in 2009, the micro-blogging service is owned by Chinese interweb behemoth Sina Corp, which happens to be the same company that partnered with Google before their deals famously floundered (cf those anxieties) and Google hightailed out of China (before coming back of course). Weibo is often described as a Facebook-Twitter hybrid, but anyone who takes a closer look can easily see that it's a different beast entirely. Actually, I would argue Weibo is better than both. Here's a breakdown of its standout features—some of which Google Plus has already included, and others that I'd love to see incorporated soon."
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Where China's Weibo Beats Facebook and Twitter

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 14, 2011 @04:11PM (#36767566)

    It tells what I think and writes messages for me! Praise our glorious leader.

    • Nobody in china praises the dear leaders. Even state media has toned it to almost nonexistence.

      Compare that to USA, where Obama worshiping is at an embarrassing and disgusting level.

      At least no Chinese said the leader makes his legs tingling.

  • by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <> on Thursday July 14, 2011 @04:11PM (#36767568) Journal
    Alright, normally I give stuff the benefit of the doubt but this is just a slashvertisement of a Chinese site trying to penetrate the American market.

    Actually, I would argue Weibo is better than both.

    Well, if you want to do that effectively, might I suggest actually drawing the comparisons?

    Instead of having to post shortened links that direct traffic to an external site, multimedia content is integrated directly into the website’s interface, so that no one ever has to leave the Weibo ecosystem.

    Facebook has done this forever with thumbnails and it even loads in a flash player if I link to something on Bandcamp (not sure about other sites). If Wiebo doesn't redirect you an external site, how does it deal with copyright issues? Twitter will soon support images on tweets [] if it doesn't already for you.

    One of those Loyalty / Rewards Systems

    Not for me, thanks.

    Think of it as social networking plus Pokemon. Sounds awesome to me.

    Well, enjoy it man. I am part of a large section of the population of the United States of America that does not find Pokemon cute or entertaining. Sounds like hell to me.

    Logging into Weibo takes users to "Weibo Square," a portal filled with endless possible detours, including the hot topics of the day, most popular tweets, and highlighted celebrity users.

    Yeah, MySpace had this. It still does now that it's been sold to a marketing firm. And that's where it belongs. Social Networking is about the users. You should spend time at someone's page and trends should be a sidebar. When I see this all I can think of is Supermarket tabloid. Again, not for me.

    Okay, this section should technically be labeled “e-commerce,” but I got too excited over the prospect of being able to order food online through a social networking site.

    So one of your selling points is that on a massive social network, companies market and sell shit to you. No thanks man. I don't think you understand what "social networking" means to me. Users are the center of attention, not food or ecommerce. If you want to add those Apps and APIs and they start to get intrusive to the core experience, you're going to lose users. You can keep Weibo.

    If you call that a conclusive "better than Facebook and Twitter" discussion, you need to work on your sales pitch, shill.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Seems like a great one-site-fits-all-needs service. So convenient for the user and those monitoring/policing the user's behaviors, interests and opinions; and for discovering individuals who may be like minded.

    • by jojoba_oil ( 1071932 ) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @04:34PM (#36767932)

      Think of it as social networking plus Pokemon. Sounds awesome to me.

      Well, enjoy it man. I am part of a large section of the population of the United States of America that does not find Pokemon cute or entertaining. Sounds like hell to me.

      Sounds like hell to you. Sounds like Gaia Online to me... which happens to be a special kind of hell that is filled with emo and scene kids who think MMORPG means "a web forum where people role-play that they're cool".

      • by lennier ( 44736 )

        a special kind of hell that is filled with emo and scene kids who think MMORPG means "a web forum where people role-play that they're cool".

        The really scary thing is that already sounds 15000% more interesting than World of Warcraft level grinding.

    • Mod up parent, couldn't have said it better. Then again, this is China where having a smart phone means you're rich. They haven't gone through their MySpace phase. It's like when I went to Japan over a decade and a half ago and saw Doragon Bru (had to look that up to remember). All I could think was, oh for crying out loud, we're still stuck on freaking Power Rangers. I told a friend there that we'll enjoy it in America too years after I'd returned. That's where China is, round about 2004-2005.

    • by Dahamma ( 304068 ) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @04:46PM (#36768106)

      Way too harsh to the author... as the saying goes, "never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

      It was a rather poorly written article, but come on, isn't a "Chinese shill site", just a techie pop culture web site. And IMO writing a profile of a Chinese social media app that may soon have more users than Facebook in China alone is a reasonable topic for their site - unfortunately just poor execution. But try rereading it from the understanding that the author is a mid-20's Asian female blogger of questionable writing ability, and then maybe you can take the article at face value. I agree with your criticisms of the inaccuracy and bias to personal preferences in the article, but definitely not in motivation...

  • by WebManWalking ( 1225366 ) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @04:13PM (#36767606)
    When a ship sinks, it founders. Please.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      When a ship sinks, it does indeed founder. But that has no bearing on the definition of "flounder" which can indeed mean "to experience difficulty and be likely to fail"

      • Yes, if enough people say something wrong often enough, it starts to become accepted as correct. But it's not yet a lost cause, like Frankenstein's Monster or pronouncing kudos "coo-doss" when used as the Greek word for praise. There's still time to rescue founder. Please don't say flounder.

        P.S.: I also sent Macmillan an e-mail pleading with them not list "ax" as an alternate spelling for "ask".
  • by the_humeister ( 922869 ) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @04:13PM (#36767614)

    And that's about where I stopped reading. I have automatic distrust of any social media company and the Chinese government, so why would I join one from China?

  • by saihung ( 19097 ) on Thursday July 14, 2011 @04:14PM (#36767628)

    Yeah, that's something I'm super-eager to do. I think I'll follow it up by emailing my social security number and credit card data to random .ru domains immediately after.

    • What's to say that your current favorite site will not be sold to a foreign company in the future along with all your personal data? The only way to ensure your privacy is to never put the information on the internet.
    • For that matter, why would anyone trust a social website with their personal data. When people vomit their personal lives online for everyone to see, how will this not haunt them later in life? I understand we all have skeletons in the closet in some form or fashion, but I'm seeing vast cemeteries online with no place to hide the bodies.

      I'm waiting for the fallout from all this if and when these people run for public office . The mud slinging and political public exposure will be delicious. Suckers!!!

  • It can identify political dissidents 5x faster
  • Honestly, it looks awful, it doesn't look like a social networking website, it looks more as a commercial Internet portal, the kind that were around over 10 years ago. I already have a lot of troubles trusting some of my personal information to US based Internet services, I can't see why in the world I would trust it to a Chinese based one. Is there really nothing better to post in Slashdot today?, Lately all news appear to be about social networks, the cloud, or bitcoin, and not just in Slashdot.

    • Ok (yeah, a reply to myself), it was an exaggeration to claim that all news are about this, and this doesn't have an undo button. But I stand behind my assertion that this was not Slashdot material and that the site looks awful.

  • Was I offline that week? When did this happen?


  • Does anyone else think this article reads like it was written by an idiotic teenage girl?

  • It's like Facebook, except with more intrusive advertising and several of the annoyances that killed Myspace. Most importantly, though, the site is run by the freedom-destroying Chinese government. Why in the hell would you want to share anything at all with China, unless forced to by the barrel of a gun?

  • Ugh. That UI is ghastly! I didn't think anything could be uglier and more cluttered than MySpace. I was wrong.
  • For non-Chinese speaker: Wei = Micro, Bo = Blogging. Just sayin'.
  • There are several services that have this limit that is a holdover from the days of when most people had dumb phones. Twitter has this, plurk also has this, as does weibo. In Chinese it turns out you can say A LOT in 140 chars so this limit isn't as big a deal I guess, plurk is popular in Taiwan and is really similar. I mostly just peruse social networks and rarely post things myself.
  • I signed up for Weibo last week, having lived in China for 6 years. After the signup process I decided never to use it as it was obviously insecure. During the signup/login you are asked, as usual, to create a username and password. I usually use some nice secure passwords, ten or more letters with caps, numbers and punctuation. However, Weibo popped up a error message saying that I must only use lower-case letters a-z. This massively reduces the number of password combinations.

  • The summary feels like an indigenous to Sina shill, bashing Google in the process. Hightailed? Ran came back? Left the PRC went to HK's Two System's One Nation: anyone, anyone? "Those dumb Americans wont know that, dew neh!" Indeed.

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