During the late period of the 1990s, internet emerged very quickly in China, and at the end of 1999, there are 4 million Chinese Internet users. And as the end of 2011, the figure came to 500 million. And Internet becomes a major mean to promote the figure of the company.
Weibo, or micro blog, is just like twitter. As of the end of March, there were 300 million users, and it is more like a twitter-facebook hybrid. It is run by technology company Sina Corporation. More and more people join web, and it even becomes a new media in China. Many companies use weibo to marketing purposes. And it also has some political influence: politically sensitive posts are removed by site regulators, providing a means for users to know the boundaries, and it seems to work.
QQ is a free instant messaging computer program in mainland China. QQ now provides chat feature, games, virtual pets, ringtone downloads, blogs, weibo, etc. As of 30 September 2011, there were 711.7 million active user accounts for QQ IM. It’s the most popular program in China.
Asia loves mobile instant messaging, and China is no exception. For youngsters, the most popular monthly mobile phone contract packages probably include hundreds of free SMS. In addition to SMS, China also has QQ, the decade-old instant messaging that thoroughly dominates the space.
Now Tencent, the company behind QQ, is bringing the latest mobile messaging service to the mainstream. Whether you call them a fast follower or an unashamed copycat, Tencent is adept at spotting and pushing the latest internet trends to its vast user base. Tencent’s version is called Weixin. From the start, Weixin was likely a clone of Talkbox, an instant voice messaging startup from Hong Kong. And now it has more features.
The four previous websites or software came from a lazy stereotype that all Chinese social networks follow the China copy the US model. Douban, however is surprisingly original since launch in 2005. It attracts some of the top Chinese intellectuals, geeks, and urban hipsters to organize and exchange thoughts on social issues in forum-like groups, which have more than once landed Douban in controversy and been a target of Chinese government censorship programs.