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I recently signed up for accounts on Sina Weibo - I now use the service's blog platform as well as "Chinese Twitter" - Similar to "English Twitter", which is blocked in China, Weibo allows users to post short messages and collect followers. Weibo has around 260 million users, according to the BBC - it's all about globalization, baby!

And, just as I do with my twitter and other accounts here in North America, I use my REAL name! Why shouldn't I?

I guess that's a good thing : Sui-Lee Wee writes via Reuters ::: As of Friday, Beijing-based microbloggers were required to register on the Weibo platform using their real identities or face unspecified legal consequences, in a bid to curb what Communist officials call rumors, vulgarities and pornography.

Many users, however, say the restrictions are clearly aimed at muzzling the often scathing, raucous - and perhaps most significantly, anonymous - online chatter in a country where the Internet offers a rare opportunity for open discussion.

"Definitely, I will not use Weibo if they need real names," said Wang, a 27-year-old government employee who said he loved being able to post his thoughts anonymously. "I don't want to be supervised because of my words."


Tweets for Jailed Saudi Activist Draw Global Attention

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Saudi Twitter users have joined forces to highlight the plight of a political prisoner Shaikh Yusuf Al-Ahmad on the micro-blogging site. Their effort has made the Islamic scholar's name become a worldwide trend, raising awareness about his imprisonment without charges and access to a fair trial...

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Detroit Free Press
Just as social media has functioned during recent disasters worldwide, Facebook andTwitter served as mini news bureaus, with citizen reporters letting others know what was happening on their rainy corners. Lorrie Shaw was on her way home from her...

South Korean Tweeters have joined rallies against the Jeju naval base construction that has been blamed for disrupting residents' livelihood and destroying a rare ecosystem. Each Twitter user has volunteered to take turns to one-person protest against the construction and to tweet the photos, such as user @okeeffe00, @sirdy10 and @yds5921 did in the link.
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