July 11th, 2011
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(CNN) – Charles Chao is the man who has helped to get China micro-blogging with Sina Weibo – the country’s answer to Twitter. Around one in five of China’s half a billion internet uses are said to have a Sina Weibo account, making it a huge player in the country’s social media scene.

Chao, who graduated from Oklahoma University with a masters degree in journalism became CEO of Sina in 2006, and says that despite having around 100 million users, now is not the time to start monetizing the platform. He talked to CNN about the rise and rise of social media in China.

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  1. DislikeSina

    It is not something comparable to Twitter at all. Sina is the worst portal in China. Sooner than later, it will be throw away by internet users in China

    July 12, 2011 at 3:37 am |
  2. The Artist

    Sina is already one of the best portals in China, it can only grow, grow all over the world.

    Sina is the glamourstock till 2020.

    Pass the Peace

    July 12, 2011 at 4:34 am |
  3. Kyle H. Davis

    Yet another fluff piece about China? Come on CNN, grow a backbone. Just because you wish to keep your feet in a market with 1.3 billion people by apologizing for any offense perceived by the Chinese government and people, does not mean you have to disregard any negative stories going on in China and focus only on mind numbing garbage that simply gives us a skewed view of what is really going on there. – Is this reporting? I mean... seriously.

    July 12, 2011 at 5:13 am |
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    I am a Chinese, I have American friends to say hello, Shandong, China...

    July 12, 2011 at 6:06 am |
  5. pinay

    chinese are very imitators!!

    July 12, 2011 at 7:40 am |
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    Sina has been playing a good role in chinese people's political life.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
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