web 2.0

China’s Web 2.0 Nightmare

Forbes interviews Michael Anti about the ongoing crackdown on Web 2.0 tools such as Facebook and Twitter: Forbes: Facebook and Twitter have been blocked here in China since the unrest this year in Xinjiang, and some Chinese...

China Lets A Hundred Social Networks Bloom (Sort of)

From the New York Times: Chinese broadband users above the age of 13 number 286 million, nearly double that of the U.S. broadband population, says a new report from market analysts Netpop Research. In five years, Netpop...

Do Chinese Web Users Have More Fun?

From the Wall Street Journal blog: Yes, according to research firm TNS, which recently surveyed roughly 2500 Web users in each of 16 countries around the world, including the U.S., U.K., China, Japan, Korea and Australia....

Facebook Targets China, World’s Biggest Web Market

From Reuters: Online social network site Facebook.com has launched a version targeting mainland Chinese Web surfers to compete with local and overseas rivals in the world’s largest Internet market. Facebook users in...

These Surfers Do It Their Own Way – Melinda Liu and Manuela Zoninsein

Newsweek writes about social networking with Chinese characteristics: China’s Internet audience has, for the most part, given sites like Facebook and MySpace the cold shoulder. Even local Chinese sites like Xiaonei or 51.com have failed to establish big national followings. What may seem on the surface to be a stubborn backwardness on the part of […]

Is Web2.0 a Wash for Free Speech in China? – Rebecca MacKinnon

Rebecca MacKinnon gives an update on the current status of the “Internet revolution” in China. From her RConversation blog: Contrary to misperceptions by many outsiders, the situation in China today is not “the people vs. the government.” Chinese people themselves – not only regulatory authorities or people who manage internet and telecoms businesses but also […]

Web 2.0 Madness Grips China – Michael Kanellos

A look at the business model of successful local Chinese IT companies, from CNET News: Forget Silicon Valley–if you want to see a place enthralled with Web 2.0, come to China. A rising middle class, cheap start-up costs, increasing penetration of PCs and Internet-enabled cell phones, and an ability to tap the local market better […]



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