Montag, 6. Juni 2011

Web World War I yet to come (overdramatized!)

I hope, Berthold Brecht was wrong saying: those are doomed, who live in interesting times.

There is talk about Cybersex and Cyberrevolution, so why shouldn’t I overdramatize to speak about Cyberwar, or better a Social Media war: Web World War I yet to come – but almost at hand, when reading that Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo prepares for going global. And thus challenging Twitter (I am not the only one to overdramatize: no more news, but bloody title as well)
While I had expected the Chinese challenge on mobile operators with China Mobile going large scale beyond borders, now it is Sina Weibo leaking concrete plans to do so.

In short: Sina Weibo is a microblogging platform like Twitter (300+ millions registered users globally), but untill now limited to theChinese market (140+ millions registered users, raised earlier expectations till year end 200+ millions).
As puts it:
It will be interesting how Sina Weibo will apply the mandatory China censorship to other countries, especially ones that are protected by laws on Internet freedom, which require sites to be completely open.
In this context one is incliced also to think of China's Online Blue Army.

Interesting times!


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