With more than 720 million Chinese internet users, or “netizens”, China has become the largest social media market in the world. The proliferation of China’s social media for the past decade may not seem that surprising given its population and growing economy. Even with the strict implementation of Internet usage by the Chinese government, Chinese netizens are some of the most active users in the world, spending an average of 2.8 hours a day online via their mobile devices.
From buying train tickets to using birth control, real-name registration appears to be the Chinese government’s New Year resolution. But what does this mean for Social Media? It’s been almost a month since the Chinese government announced new regulations for popular Chinese social network Weibo, counting 300+ members, requiring microblog users to verify an account with their personal ID in order to activate it. Still, there’s very little “official” information on how and when