Feeds

China going blogging mad

'Today, the great and handsome government...'

Security for virtualized datacentres

Despite scant internet access outside major metropolitan centres, blogging in China is enjoying a boom to match its manufacturing industry.

Bejing trumpeted - via its PR machine Xinhua - that 17m Chinese have a weblog, a 30-fold increase on four years ago. The sites are read by 75m - that's almost four and a half readers each.

People's fascination with the onanistic pursuit seems to follow the same pattern there as it does here; some 70 per cent of Chinese blogs are dormant, untouched for over a month, Reuters reports.

Xinhua said: "The rapid growth of blog sites in China also brought potential business opportunities to the advertising industry," which will no doubt be music to Rupert Murdoch's, Yahoo!'s and Google's ears.

We're also pretty sure news of the rise of blogging will be cold comfort to the cyberdissidents listed here who journalists' rights organisation Reporters Without Borders says are currently languishing in Chinese prisons.

Having said that, it's unlikely that anyone outside Xinhua will get to read this, after it banned direct access to foreign news from within China earlier this month. ®

Business security measures using SSL

More from The Register

next story
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics
You hear that, Amazon, Google, Microsoft et al?
Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International
Refusal to disclose GCHQ canteen menus and prices triggers Euro Human Rights Court action
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.