China’s Little Brothers cleanse online chatter at Sina Weibo’s censorship hub

The censors, new college graduates, are ambivalent about deleting posts.

On the outskirts of the Chinese city of Tianjin, in a modern office building. rows of censors sit and stare at computer screens.  Their mission: delete any post on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, deemed offensive or politically unacceptable.

 

 

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China’s Twitter censorship measured by computer scientists

Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.

China’s version of Twitter, a microblogging service called Weibo was launched in 2010.  Just like Twitter, users are allowed to post 140 character messages with @username and #hashtags.  140 characters in Chinese contain significantly more information content than in English.

 

 

 

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Twitter Usage Increases But It is Still a Niche Activity

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Can twitter go from niche to mainstream in the US?

Twitter usage had risen from 8% of US internet users in fall 2010 to 13% in May 2011, a 62.5% increase in penetration according to an annoucement by the Pew Internet & American Life Project this month. Twitter usage does seem to be growing, but is a bump like that sizeable enough to take it from niche to mainstream?

 

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Retweeting To Be Formally Incorporated Into Twitter

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The microblogging and social networking site Twitter took off last year and had more than 44.5 million users worldwide as of June. In the 140-character limited ecosystem of Twitter, users have evolved a language of their own, figuring out creative ways to filter the sometimes overwhelming stream of Twitter posts. Now, Twitter has announced that a user-generated communication technique called retweeting–reposting someone else’s message, similar to quoting–will be formally incorporated into Twitter. Some experts say Twitter’s approach will hinder the conversational aspect of retweeting; others predict that it will create a new way of communicating.

 

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Only 10% Of Twitter Users Account For 90% Of All Tweets

Only 10% Of Twitter Users Account For 90% Of All Tweets

Prolific Twitter users, such as Ashton Kutcher and his wife, Demi Moore, account for the majority of tweets posted on the microblogging site.  

The report found that the use of Twitter is highly concentrated among its most prolific users. This is in contrast to usage patterns on other social networks, such as Facebook, where the top 10 per cent of users account for only 30 per cent of all content, three times less than the amount [of content] created by the top tweeters.

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