China's Twitter Clone Now Has More Users Than Twitter

By Bridget O'Donnell, May 17, 2017

0 0

How's this for irony? Sina Weibo, China's Twitter clone, now officially has more users than actual Twitter.

The Chinese firm's latest earnings report revealed that the platform had grown to 340 million active users per month, making it the first time ever the copycat platform surpassed its source of inspiration. Twitter, by comparison, had 328 million active users in the first quarter of 2017.

Twitter vs Weibo monthly users

Weibo already surpassed Twitter in terms of overall worth last fall, with a market cap of USD11.35billion in October 2016 (compared to Twitter's USD11.34 billion).

Weibo debuted in 2009, shortly after Twitter was first blocked in China. It went public in the US in 2014.

Despite being a popular broadcasting platform for Donald Trump, Twitter actually lost users in the beginning of 2016. It went public in 2013.

[Chart via Tech in Asia]

more news

Chinese Kids Wear 'One-Meter Hats' to Practice Social Distancing

Hangzhou primary school students wore DIY quarantine hats on the first day back at school following months of lockdown due to COVID-19.

We're Hiring: Social Media Editor

Want to work for China's number one lifestyle media company?

We’re Hiring: Social Media Intern (Shanghai)

Want to work for China's number one English-language media company?

New Media Artist Aaajiao Talks to Us About His Creative Process

In this age of digital communication, questions about our use and growing dependence on technology have become more and more prevalent.

Bad Dog Owners May Soon Face Social Credit Point Deductions in Shanghai

Bad dog owners might soon see their social credit scores affected.

This Chinese Company Wants to Buy Snap, Twitter and Quora

Chinese video app TikTok shows no signs of slowing down overseas or at home.

Over 25 Million Flights Blocked by China's Social Credit System This Year

The credit system continues to catch fare evaders and other miscreants.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday


Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.