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Weibo, Rumors, and Real Name Registraion with Jeremy Goldkorn

Update: Jeremy has recommended some users on Weibo. Find list below.

Recorded on May 1, 2012

For this edition of Artman Talks, we’re speaking with Jeremy Goldkorn, of Danwei fame, about weibo’s positioning in the Chinese market as well as some speculation over Sina Weibo’s future and how real name registration plays into this.

The main takeaway is twofold:

  1. Real name registration has been tried before and didn’t work.  Ergo, there’s no reason it should work this time, nor should we expect it to.
  2. The government won’t shut down Sina Weibo, because Sina does such a good job of cleaning up unwanted posts.

Have a listen yourself and let us know what you think.

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More Background

Sina Admits It Has Not Complied With Weibo Real Name Registration Rules

Rumor: Baidu and Other Search Engines Will Have to Stop Indexing Weibo Content

Weixin 4.0 is Vintage Tencent and the Most Important Chinese Internet Product Since Weibo

This Mobile Social App Is Way Bigger than Instagram, and It’s Made in China

Netizens reaction to Weibo comment halt (including those from Sohu Weibo who haven’t got any bans)

Weibo Rumor Watch — Coup in Beijing?

More Strange Things on Post-Real-Name Sina Weibo

Jeremy’s Weibo Recommendations


Getting some real networking done with Robbie Hsiung

For this installment, we’re talking with Robbie Hsiung, founder and CEO of Zaizher IM.

Professional social networking hasn’t quite caught on here in China. No matter what Ushi  or Tianji  might say, there just isn’t much of a base (or a site with a brand similar to LinkdedIn) for professional SNS. BUT that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a ton of potential and commensurate huge amounts of room for growth.

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Games, Gamification, and Kwests with Frank Yu

This week, I speak with the most popular non-Chinese man with a Chinese family name in China, Frank Yu.

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Sina Weibo and its impact on media and government in China

This week I speak with Charlie Custer, founder and editor-in-chief at and writer at

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