A tweet for the masses

14:47, March 10, 2011      

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(Sources: China Daily)

A platform of 457 million netizens and 303 million people using mobile phones for Internet access has made micro-blogging a hugely popular activity. Liu Zhihua reports.

A typical day in the life of Beijing jewelry designer and fashion freelancer Wang Xiaomo begins about 9 am, when she logs onto the micro-blogging service Sina Weibo. "I cannot imagine life without it,?the 26 year-old says.

In August 2010, she used the service for the first time and quickly saw its worth. She soon made new online friends and found opportunities to boost her career, such as tweeted details of her college graduation designs and illustration samples.

"I like the way I make friends with people in the industry through micro-blogging," Wang says.

Over the past three years, more than 50 operators have established micro-blogging services in the country, such as the major Web portals Sina.com, Sohu.com and Tencent.com.

Both Tencent.com and Sina.com have announced the number of registered users surpassed 100 million, respectively, on Feb 5 and March 2.

"Micro-blogging is popular because it appeals to Chinese netizens' habits", says Hu Yong, an expert on new media from the School of Journalism and Communication of Peking University.

"The innovations of Chinese service providers enable users to comment on and upload videos, which is very appealing. Chinese love chatting with one another in online forums."

Mobile phone applications that connect to micro-blogging services have also made it easier to stay connected.

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Source: China Daily
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