The Chinese name of LinkedIn turns out to be Ling Ying (领英)– the two Chinese characters mean leading and elite, respectively. The beta test of the site, lingying.com, has gone live. Its registration is currently invitation-only.

Ling Ying replaced Twitter,  which is blocked in mainland China, with two similar Chinese services, Sina Weibo and Tencent Weibo.

Another difference is group discussion isn’t available with the Chinese version. It is speculated that one of the reasons is it doesn’t want to censor conversations or thinks it’s a cost burden.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com