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China's Jasmine Revolution: Digital Landscape

By 2010, internet users in China has reached 0.457 billion, cellphone users has reached 0.303 billion. By blogging, QQ, MSN, Weibo, SMS, many people had advanced communication tools.

Broadband subscribers
83366000 (2009)
Broadband subscribers (100 people)
6.293412247 (2009)
Cell Phones Total
Cell Phones (100 people)
Fixed Lines and Mobile Phones Subscribers (100 people)
Internet Users (100 people)
Computers (100 people)
Personal Computers Total
From the database of, March 2010 to June 2010:
  • Weibo users have grown from 54.521 million to 103.07 million,
  • Time spent on Weibo every month has grown from 7.6107 million hours to 30.3569 million hours;
  • Number of QQ groups has reached 50 million;
  • Users of Kaixin has reached 80 million,
  • Users of Renren has reached 0.12 billion.[v]

Social Network Services

Number(unit: ten thousand) of SNS (Renren, Kaixin) users from 2006-2011 and the rate of increasing(yellow line)


In 2007, some Chinese became aware of Twitter and begun to use the social media platform. Later that year, similar websites like “Fanfou” launched in China, one of the first micro-blogs. The Government gradually found out the potential danger of such applications.

  • On Feb 2009, Twitter was blockeded[i].
  • On June 2009, Fanfou and other microblogs were gradually deleted. [ii]
  • At the end of 2009, Xinlang Weibo came out, which is a micro-blog that under relative strict control.
  • By July 2011, users of social network in China was 0.23 billion, users of Weibo was 0.195 billion. [iii]
  • At the beginning of 2011, the number of social media users was already quite high.

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