Besides Twitter, domestic social media sites such as Zuosa, Fanfou and Taotao were rapidly gaining popularity.
Following the in 2009, Chinese authorities blamed the free flow of information for the surge of social unrest and put a stop to Twitter, Facebook and many local microblogs (Sullivan 2012, 775).
What is noteworthy about this list is that it does not contain any ‘internet celebrities’ (网红 ), meaning people who have become self-made online influencers through the internet, for which Weibo has become known over the past 1-2 years.
One example is comedian Papi Jiang, who became famous by posting funny videos of herself.
Big names in this list, including Yao Chen, Chen Kun, and Guo Degang, already had over 54 million followers on the platform in 2013.
Here we go with our updated list of Weibo’s biggest stars of 2017: The absolute number one this list is the ‘Queen of Weibo’ Xie Na (1981), also nicknamed ‘Nana’ – an extremely popular Chinese singer, actress and designer.
Not only do users of Sina Weibo publish more posts than those on Twitter, they also tend to disclose more personal information about themselves.