News has broken that the American movie star Tom Cruise or more affectionately known as “Tom Brother” (“阿汤哥“) by Chinese, has officially joined Sina Weibo on February 23.

“We’re having fun talking to you and our new friends at It’s the Chinese Twitter, but with a lot more functionality,” tweeted Tom Cruise, announcing the move to his Twitter followers.

His Weibo account has exploded, already generating 169,495 fans.

Could this be the start of more Western celebrities opening a Weibo account?

Sina has been a money making machine. It announced as of December 31, 2010 full year financial results net revenues of USD$110,000,000 (12% increase from last year) with advertising revenue of USD$82,500,000 (30% increase from last year). Said Sina CEO Charles Chao

Sina Weibo number of registered users now exceeds 100 million.

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.

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  1. Jason– great posts! I like your insights…. I am an American-based entrepreneur and have been involved in a few start-ups involving China….

    Will you be at SXSW? Would love to meet if you are!

    Best, Bobby

  2. Hi Bobby, thanks for your appreciation! It would be cool to get your perspective on doing start-ups in China as an American. Please add me to LinkedIn. You can find me through searching and email me at

    Unfortunately I won’t be at SXSW. I would love to go though! I have friends going, perhaps you can met them there? Let’s talk more.


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