Weibo

Weibo refers to microblogging in the Chinese market.

Unlike the rest of the world where Twitter is the only major player at this point, China has several major competing Weibo services:

  1. Sina Weibo
  2. Tencent Weibo
  3. Sohu Weibo
  4. NetEase Weibo

A key advantage of these Weibo platforms over Twitter is the amount of information individual Mandarin characters can convey. Therefore, a single Weibo post (tweet) of 140 characters can convey as much information as two paragraphs in English and other languages.

More Questions People Ask About Weibo

How Do You Pronounce Weibo?

For English speakers, the phonetic pronunciation of Weibo is way-bwo, according to Kevin Morris of The Daily Dot. Play the Soundcloud audio clip below to hear it for yourself.

What Is A Weibo Account? How Do I Create It? How Do I Delete It?

A Weibo account is not really any different than any other social media account – it is an assigned username and profile you use to communicate on the platform.

Click here to create an account on Sina Weibo. You will need to use either your email address or your phone number to create your account.

After setting your password, you will then need to provide your birthdate and confirm the verification code to get started. There may also be a text message verification code you will need to confirm before you gain access to the site.

According to wikiHow, you cannot currently delete an account on Sina Weibo. As an alternative to account deletion, it is recommended that you delete all posts you have made on the platform and falsify/anonymize the information included in your profile.

How Do I Change My Username On Weibo?

Since 2015, users of Sina Weibo have had to use real names on the platform. Because of this enhancement, you cannot change your username. The only way to change your name on Sina Weibo is to create a new account on the platform.

If you do this, we strongly recommend deleting content from your previous account and falsifying/anonymizing the information included there.

Can You Use Weibo Outside Of China?

Indeed. Below, in alphabetical order, are the list of 27 countries Sina Weibo includes on its registration page as available to register via mobile phone country codes:

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • China
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Spain
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • United States
  • Vietnam

Not located in one of those countries? You should also be able to register via email from anywhere around the world.

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