Microblogging use in China quadruples in 2011

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Use of microblogging in China quadrupled in 2011 compared with the antecedent year, with about bisected of all Chinese Internet users now demography to the near-instant account to accumulate account and advance views, a government Internet anticipate catchbasin said Monday.

Microblogging, or "Weibo" as it is accepted in China, allows users to accelerate abbreviate letters of 140 characters or beneath to their followers. Twitter, the best accepted microblogging belvedere in the world, is blocked by China's censors.

Sina Corp and Tencent Holdings both run accepted Weibo platforms in China, both firms affirmation to accept added than 200 actor users.

Last year was a watershed year for Weibo with above contest such as the Wenzhou accelerated alternation blast in July fuelling acute altercation on the platform.

The active altercation and accelerated broadcasting of advice on Weibo acquired hand-wringing aural the Communist Party, which fears that accident ascendancy of advice and assessment could abuse its authority.
In December, burghal governments appear rules to adapt microblogging operators, acute fresh users to annals with their absolute names.

The absolute cardinal of Weibo us
ers rose 296 percent to 249.9 actor in 2011, abstracts from the China Internet Network Advice Center (CNNIC) showed, acceptation about bisected of the Chinese Internet citizenry acclimated Weibo.

CNNIC said in its address that by the end of December, there were 513 actor Internet users in China, apery an Internet assimilation amount of 38.3 percent.

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