Jimmy and Rindy discuss how the Chinese are using social media. Check out these links and join the conversation:
Tongxue – A popular Chinese social networking site
Xiaonei – A Chinese version of Facebook
Nice! I really enjoyed listening to this story in Chinese.
A little scary to think that the power of the people could be used in less clear-cut situations too.
Anne, you bring up a good point. While researching examples for this post, we found many cases where “human search engines” were used for the purpose of bullying innocent people. On the other hand, there were cases where people put it to good use, exposing corrupt officials or uncovering scandals.
This was a fantastic video. Thanks for sharing guys!
Very interesting comment. Social media has really taken off in China. One social media web site in China recently reported a profit for 2008 that was 3 times the turn over of Facebook.
Great video, interesting story! Rindy, you are a fast talker!
While living in southern China 5 years ago I was amazed at how quickly ideas were spread via text messaging. Oftentimes, this encouraged like-minded thought in the “public space” while discussion on varying opinions were reserved for private conversation. I wonder if the proliferation of social media will encourage debate in traditional communities or simply exaggerate group think.
What a great idea to tell this story in Chinese! The story brings a twist to the classic saying “there’s power in groups”. A little scary too to think social media can be used this way. Think of what could be next!
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