Saturday, February 05, 2011


While I'm sitting at my computer typing away in my unwieldy, cumbersome macro-blog like an idiot, the Chinese have developed the latest hit technology: microblogging. You see, writing a thousand words on a site like Blogger is superfluous and ill-suited to modern society, which explains why the Chinese have blocked it.

The China Daily, China's premier source of daily news about China, hence the name China Daily, explains:

The National Report on Micro Blogs in 2010, released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in December, suggests more than 65 million people are active micro blog users. Micro-blogging here is much the same as in other countries, with the ability to send images or embedded videos, and messages with a maximum of 140 characters.

Over the past three years, more than 50 operators have started providing micro blog services and many people believe the pattern of information exchange between people has been transformed.

"Micro blogs can transmit information fast and, more importantly, we can use mobiles to stay in touch any time and anywhere," said Cheng...

I think it's incumbent upon the West to develop a counterpart to these proliferating Chinese microblog websites. In the twenty-first century, information is power, and the Chinese are getting away with their light, stealthy microblogs, while our stodgy, plodding macroblogs are being left behind.

Why don't we use the peculiar verb that they're using to describe the act of microblogging? They call microblogging 'tweeting', so why don't we make a website called Tweeter?

On a somewhat related note, notes from my layover through Beijing on Thursday:

- no bizarre wait in an immigration line, followed by a lengthy wait on plastic chairs, just for transit

- workers at airport appear to have been schooled in elementary school-level English and manners. Flinging feces at passengers is no longer acceptable. Pleasantries may be exchanged.

- Beijing airport has the high level of sterile shine you need from a world-class airport. Terminal 3 is long, empty and spotless. This is apparently a very busy airport, but you could see about a kilometre and maybe see a cleaner or two and an endless row of TVs showing the same thing.

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