1st Jan, 2008 is surely a big day for Chinese Interent. Sohu (Nasdaq: SOHU), a household portal site officially announced its Open Widget Platform, partnered with Netvibes.com. The first Sohu Open Widget Developer Forum was also held at 3rd Jan. Many influential people from Chinese media and internet companies were invited and more than 200 widgets have been added into Sohu widget library. Sohu’s open widget platform adopts Netvibes’ Universal Widget API as the standard of its widget development, which means all the widgets will be cross-platform, running not only on Sohu, but also on Netvibes, iGoogle, Vista, Mac Dashboard, Live etc. There has been too much discussion about OpenSocial, Facebook API etc, we finally see something real in the walled Chinese web. Thanks to Sohu and Netvibes, China Internet made the first step to open itself and it will be more open in 2008.

It means a lot to Sohu which is to lead Chinese Internet market, a lot to Netvibes which aims to standardize the global widget market and bring the best back to users, it also means a lot to me and to my Sohu friends Wenyi and Todd who I have been worked with for several months. I can not say Sohu’s open platform and Netvibes’ UWA will be a perfect combination in the end, it is too early to judge that. If you are with this MOBINODE.com for a while, I hope you can feel my passion on the web2.0 and enthusiasm into the China web. It is still long way to go, but the fact is Chinese Internet starts open. I am proud that I am part of this to make this happen.

Also, to some journalists who never came to China but still manage to ‘follow’ Chinese web, please talk less about the censorship, the copycats and the piracy. They are the issues, but Internet in different places has its own culture which everyone should respect and try to understand a bit more why they can not be solved in one day. I know talking about those types of stories will amuse some of your readers, but please look at the bright side: China web is at full speed, Asian market is not too far to be reached.

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Gang Lu

Dr. Gang Lu - Founder of TechNode. He's a Blogger, a Geek, a PhD and a Speaker, with passion in Tech, Internet and R'N'R.

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  1. Congratulations! I used to blog at Sohu and felt the inflexibility of limited widgets there. Maybe that’s part of the reason why I moved away.:)
    Good and sharp points on biased reports on Chinese internet. Changes and innovations are happening and scattering there at different speeds. Web 2.0 is about sharing, learning, and enhancing together. Criticisms are important, but once the focus is just on that direction,then westerners blind themselves. Take the microblogging site Jiwai.de for example, they have some interesting features such as mapping messages which Twitter doesn’t have. Yes, Jiwai as well as many other similar site is a clone of twitter at the beginning. But now, they evolved. I do hope Chinese people could now lead the world in terms of revolutionary concepts or ideas; however,just as Gang said that problems can not be solved in one day, that kind of leading position could not be attained in one day either.

  2. Nicely done!
    It’s my first comment on Mobinode, and it might considered as “RUDE” if I start by questioning the notion “open”, monseigneur. But truthfully, aside of congratulations…
    Maybe we are not aware of the impact of this new rule:
    http://www.mii.gov.cn/art/2007/12/29/art_524_35607.html

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/web/chinas-net-video-crackdown-could-hurt-youtube/2008/01/04/1198950029076.html?page=2

    So, would you still say it’s “opening”, while it’s in fact “closing”?…

  3. Censorship is no problem here in China, Keeping their business in – house is their business. The net is great here, doesnt need to corrupt the minds of young veiwers, also because of this China doesnt have the peoblems we have back in Australia about the net and its content.

  4. Censorship is no problem here in China, Keeping their business in – house is their business. The net is great here, doesnt need to corrupt the minds of young veiwers, also because of this China doesnt have the peoblems we have back in Australia about the net and its content.

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