8 Aug 2012
Chinese blogger, Michael Anti, provides some humorous and fascinating isights into life on the Chinese Internet, which he refers to as the China-net. The Chinese government has complete control over the Internet - all servers are in Beijing.
But despite the high levels of censorship, the Internet in China is no dull and lifeless space. For every single international Web 2.0 service that was blocked by the Chinese government, the people of China created their own alternative. For example, while the rest of the world has Google, the Chinese have Baidu, Twitter has been replaced with Weibo, Facebook with Renren, and You Tube with Youku and Tudou.
There are 500 million Internet users online in China. Moreover, China on its own has 300 million microbloggers (that's about the entire population of America).