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Is Weibo Twitter’s evil twin?


Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook played critical roles during the Arab Spring. Can Weibo, the world’s most popular social network, play a similar role in promoting democracy in China? 

By Michael Anti

Twitter was created in 2006 but only rose to popularity in China three years later. The trigger was a massive blaze that nearly destroyed the uncompleted headquarters of Chinese state television station CCTV in Beijing. The news spread rapidly via Twitter and the Chinese realized its potential.

Twitter potential
For English speaking users, the 140-character limit is enough for more or less one sentence. But for Chinese ...