Prominent Weibo account with more than 7 million followers was sold for 50 yuan ($8)

Alia | October 30th, 2014 - 1:07 am

“Weibo’s killer feature is worth no more than a pack of cigarettes.”

“Weibo is for Paris, Wechat is for Hong Kong”

Alia | September 30th, 2014 - 1:33 am
Protest in HK

The unfolding events happening in Hong Kong right now officially mark the death of Weibo and the rise of Wechat as China’s most popular social media platform, for both friends’ updates and breaking news.

One Chinese celebrity’s extramarital affair breaks social media record

Alia | March 31st, 2014 - 8:31 pm
Wen and girlfriend

This celebrity affair is literally the most viral story since the start of Weibo. It’s also a showdown by social media that traditional media need to reflect on their business models.

Sudden crackdown on political public accounts hits Wechat

Alia | March 13th, 2014 - 10:24 pm

Wechat met the inevitable censors yesterday when a number of public accounts known for liberal political views were reported to be deleted without forewarning.

Chinese general Luo Yuan’s battle on Weibo

Alia | February 24th, 2013 - 9:34 pm
Luo's Weibo profile picture

On February 21, high-ranking Chinese military officer Luo Yuan, major general, opened a personal Weibo account. Instead of welcomes, Chinese netizens showered Luo with bitter questions and criticism. The peacetime general’s hope to win over public favor is crashed completely.

Baidu, Sina Weibo and SNS fight for online job search market in China

Alia | April 15th, 2011 - 9:49 pm

In order to monetize services and increase user stickiness, Baidu, Sina Weibo (microblog) and Renren (SNS) all jumped into the online recruiting and job searching market in China. Social capital now has the potential to turn into real capital.

A revolutionary move? VANCL tries out social e-commerce

Alia | March 18th, 2011 - 2:05 am

VANCL, China’s largest branded apparel e-commerce website, started an e-commerce 2.0, or, as I call it, social e-commerce, campaign today that has the potential of prompting a revolution in the industry.The campaign is called “VANCL Star, 10% = 1 billion”. To put it in a simple way, the campaign is to share profits with VANCL fans.

Profiling China’s Top 5 Social Networks – China Social Media 1

Alia | March 9th, 2011 - 5:03 am
China social media profile

A closer and more in-depth analysis of the top 5 social netwoking sites in China. Comparing the ranking, pageview, stickiness, user profile and traffic for the 5 most popular social networks in China.

Top news and vertical websites in China – 2010

Alia | March 8th, 2011 - 9:55 pm

Websites of the year, 2010, China by accumulated visitor volume.