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Does One of Every Three People In China Have a Blog?

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Saturday, 02 February 2013 23:16

Just wondering, since Thomas Friedman says there are 400 million bloggers in China.

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written by Brett, February 02, 2013 11:40
He's counting the estimated number of Weibo users as "bloggers", which is like counting everyone with a Twitter account as a blogger. Technically true, but nobody thinks of it that way (or as anything too profound).
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written by JDM, February 02, 2013 11:56
Hey, that's what the cab driver said.
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written by watermelonpunch, February 03, 2013 2:54
I've occasionally seen people gtplanet.net forum, use the term "blogger" to refer to other forum members. It confused me at first, because I thought they meant the person had a blog. Until I realized, some people were just describing anyone who posted to the forum as a "blogger".
Perhaps this is a more widespread usage than I thought?

Reminds me of how I heard in some parts of the country, someone you're visiting might ask you what kind of coke you want, and offer you a choice of ginger ale & mister pibb, and in fact have no sort of cola to offer you at all.
Flat Earth Friedman Strikes Again
written by Last Mover, February 03, 2013 3:03
Friedman discovers a Great Long Tail in China is behind America's trade deficit, 400 million niche sellers banded together as one giant exporter in a march of creative destruction to make the world flatter.
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written by Chris Engel, February 03, 2013 6:04
But Dean, I'm blogging right here, right now, by posting this comment.

And I'm not even China.

Is your mind blown?

Sorry, just smoked some of the stuff Friedman gave me last night at a Times party. Damn, it's wicked.
That part of the country would be called "Chicago"
written by Dean, February 03, 2013 6:33
Yes Watermelonpunch, in Chicago "coke" refers to everything from orange soda to ginger ale. It has nothing to do with the real thing.
VeryNY
written by VeryNY, February 03, 2013 7:56
I love this blog!
Blogging is Easy!
written by Bart, February 03, 2013 7:59

I just pressed one of the + signs above to register comment approval. Am I now a blogger?
274 million microblogs according to blog post...
written by Robert Salzberg, February 03, 2013 8:42
In his estimation...
written by David, February 03, 2013 9:20
Arithmetic is so hard. Poor Friedman [pats Friedman's head kindly].
Salzberg's link
written by David, February 03, 2013 9:34
So there is one Chinese microblog service with 400+ million subscribers. But one user may have multiple accounts: students have one per course, businesses one per product line, etc.
If China doesn't have 400 million bloggers yet...
written by Scott Supak, February 03, 2013 2:37
check back in 6 months.
www.lexalexander.net
written by Lex, February 04, 2013 2:14
This reminds me of when I had to review some pop-culture "guru"'s book back in the mid-'90s -- Faith Popcorn, maybe? Anyway, in the context of talking about "cocooning" as a "growing trend," she breathlessly illustrated her assertion by stating, on the basis of absolutely no evidence, "Eighty million Americans are bird-watching!" One out of every three men, women and children in the country, huh? I'm thinking she was counting cats, too.
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written by watermelonpunch, February 05, 2013 1:06
she breathlessly illustrated her assertion by stating, on the basis of absolutely no evidence, "Eighty million Americans are bird-watching!" One out of every three men, women and children in the country, huh? I'm thinking she was counting cats, too.


Excellent metaphor.
It's probably true if you count every city dweller who sees pigeons as "bird watchers".
Sort of like calling my spouse a "beekeeper" because he found a sweat bee burrow in our lawn last summer, and put up a little flag next to the hole so I would know not to step on it. ha ha

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