TechCrunch did an interesting post regarding Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo with comprehensive and general details of both. But what’s the insider’s view? Tencent VP Sun Zhonghui has given us some insightful perspectives during a local media interview lately.

According to Sun, since weibo, microblogging service is still in its infancy, neither Tencent nor other internet businesses are entitled to claim success. Maybe someone (apparently refers to Sina) counted itself as a winner, but it’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who is swimming naked.

There’re two factors when it comes to the success or not of weibo services, (a), what users can get from you; (b), where do you get money from. None of those weibo services in China have found its answer to the second one. And we are not sure if there’s an answer to that. Maybe weibo will eventually become some kind of essential service, will not make money at all.

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Ben Jiang

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