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Blogging increases in China

August 7th, 2006
China

While making the rounds through my RSS feeds I read at China Venture News how there are 5 million bloggers in China now but they expect 60 million by the end of 2006. This rapid growth is in spite of some governmental policies to restrict the freedom of information in China, particularly the Great Firewall of China.

I blogged while I was living in China and I was careful not to press the envelope. I had my own domain, however some of my classmates had to cease blogging as they were using blogspot.com and it frequently is blocked. However it doesn’t seem to matter if the government blocks access to one blogging service as there are so many now. MSN Spaces, which I believe made some concessions to the government, is very popular among Chinese bloggers. There are a number of made in China blogging services as well such as Bokee.com, even Baidu has a blogging service, which wasn’t the case when I asked them about it several months ago. Even one of my classmates at Tsinghua, Edwyn had a Chinese blogging entrepreneurial venture.

While I was at Tsinghua I tried to find other students that were blogging, my own humble blog even inspired a few people to start blogging. As China becomes the country with the largest number of citizens online it will obviously become the country with the most bloggers. The rise of Chinese bloggers can already be seen in the changing face of the Technorati Top 100. I even bitched once how Chinese bloggers were being ignored by the New York Times. And I got my first Chinese language trackback the other day…


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