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Chinese Twitter has more monthly users than the ‘real’ blue bird social network

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Chinese Twitter has more monthly users than the ‘real’ blue bird social network
China is a whole other Earth on its own. The amount of people living within its territory is something that you just cannot cognitively process in your mind, but can only read as a number. As we know, the Chinese government has established very stringent rules on Internet access and usage for its some 1.3 billion citizens. Just like Russia, the country has its own versions of social networks and search engines, as Facebook and Google, for example, are banned on its territory. Imagine how big a customers pool those two miss on, thanks to the country's Internet policies.

Weibo, which is the Chinese version of Twitter, has now reported that it had 340 million monthly users, as of March this year, overtaking original Twitter by about 12 million. Take your time and let this sink in.

The Twitter-like platform has managed to generate more users than the global service, even though real Twitter is available in all but three countries on the globe. It's interesting to note that Twitter has been live for three years longer than Weibo, having launched in July 2006. 47% of the Chinese population is not even connected to the Internet yet, meaning that Weibo's users count is set to rise further as more people 'plug in'.

The company reported a healthy increase in year-on-year revenue in Q1. It generated $199.2 million in the first quarter of 2017, compared to $119.3 million for the same period in 2016. Of course, the ‘true blue bird’ blows its Chinese spin-off way out of the water in the revenue department, but did mark a first-time year-on-year decrease in Q1. Twitter took in almost $600 million before April, 2016, while managed to pull in $548 million in 2017.

source: Weibo via CNET

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posted on 19 May 2017, 09:51

1. IT-Engineer (Posts: 151; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


Good for them

posted on 19 May 2017, 11:07 2

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1351; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Can't help, the blue bird has too much liberals safe space to keep and all critical thinker no longer interest to this.

posted on 19 May 2017, 14:07

3. Furbal (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 May 2017)


Pretty much. If it's not a reeeeeeeeeeeeepost it's hidden from view.

posted on 19 May 2017, 14:42 1

4. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2223; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Nice one. Wish other countries didn't rely on getting spoonfed by American services and were brave enough to make their own

posted on 20 May 2017, 01:10

5. gotoAndDie (Posts: 54; Member since: 13 Jun 2015)


Keep in mind that you cannot post anything against the Chinese government on Weibo. It is a means of censorship, rather than a service for the world.

posted on 21 May 2017, 01:28

6. King_bilo (Posts: 114; Member since: 20 May 2015)


They aren't doing this for independence reasons. It's for censorship and antidemocratic purposes.. Any country can decide to make their own social media site. It's not that expensive.. In fact, I'd turn your statement around and claim it's rather brave to let your people run wild on foreign media and trust their intellect to make correct assertions of how the world works. The Chinese government is rather the cowardly one here. If they were really brave, they will let their weibo compete on a level playing field in the free market of Internet and ideas

posted on 21 May 2017, 17:08

7. Gacrux (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 May 2017)


I'm not surprised given how Twitter has been banning everyone who's not liberal and do not fully comply to leftist agenda. I hope the same happens to Facebook since they have been doing the same for years, VK is a great option.

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