Friday, March 2, 2012

Singaporeans hooked on Chinese microblogging site Weibo

NTU undergraduate Cassandra Eng

BEIJING - When housewife Ivy Koh joined Sina Weibo about two years ago, she was one of the few Singaporeans on the popular Chinese microblogging site.
She did it to follow sharp-tongued Taiwanese host Dee Hsu.
These days though, more Singaporeans are joining the Weibo party, drawn by stars from the Chinese pop scene and the service's user-friendly features, which are a mix of what's available on Twitter as well as Facebook.
'There are a lot more Singaporeans replying to celebrities (on Weibo) these days. You can tell because they use Singlish terms such as lah, meh and lor when they retweet or reply to actors from Scarlet Heart,' said the 43-year-old, referring to the Chinese drama that is a hit in China and Singapore.

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