I was fiddling around with my iPad yesterday and managed to create a pretty useful Flipboard magazine for those interested in China, social media, mobile, digital and the cultural and political events that shape China’s internet.
The history of China social media has always been tied closely with government censorship. The first wave of microblogs were swept away when the Xinjiang riots occurred back in 2009 that saw the blocking of Twitter and the beginning of the end of Fanfou, Weibo’s predecessor.
By all reports, China is on its way up. People are getting wealthier and are more optimistic, they are traveling more and showing off. But is that the whole truth? What is it that’s driving the growing class, and what are the consequences of that drive?
Is it Weibo or WeChat, or Weibo and WeChat? There’s been a lot of talk about the death of Weibo over the years, and the truth is it has declined, but that certainly isn’t the whole truth, and recently a more balanced view is being adopted instead.
Wearesocial recently created a massive deck on China social media stats. Now since I’ve apparently got some free time, let’s take a look at this monster and see if we can derive a few practical insights.