The link above is to an article I came across on Mashable recently which talks about Sina Weibo’s efforts to allow users outside of China to sign up to use its service. For those of you who don’t know, Sina Weibo is a social media platform available in China that is a hybrid of Facebook and Twitter. With Facebook and Twitter being outlawed or blocked by the great Chinese firewall, this is the most popular alternative in China. As of December 2012, Sina Wiebo claims 503 million registered users and approximately 100 million messages posted each day.
Sina Weibo is now allowing users to sign up for its service via their Facebook accounts. The idea being with Facebook outlawed in China, this will allow people with Facebook accounts (presumably not in China) to sign up for Sina Weibo
Do you think that Sina Weibo will succeed in their efforts to increase their non-Chinese user base? Will users outside of China have an interest in using another social media platform? One specifically tailored to Chinese users? How long until the Chinese government clamps down on Sina Weibo allowing Facebook users to sign up for its service and post messages that they (Chinese Gov’t) doesn’t want and can’t control because those messages are being posted by people outside of China.