Checking out Sina Weibo's official BlackBerry 10 app

By Simon Sage on 26 Sep 2013 08:31 pm EDT
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Sina Weibo was announced at BlackBerry Jam Asia 2013, and we got to talk with one of the developers to see what's up. For those unfamiliar, Weibo is China's biggest social network. Its closest analogue would be Twitter, but you've also got a Facebook-style "Like" mechanism in place.

Running through the app, everything is smooth, responsive, and laid out sensibly, which are all things you want for your go-to social network, whatever it happens to be. There's system-level Accounts support, but not place in the Hub just yet - that's coming in a future update. Images are supported well with in-line viewing and uploading from your device.

How many Weibo users do we have here anyhow? Should we start brushing up on our Mandarin and kick open a CrackBerry account? The BB10 will be going live in the next couple of days. 
 

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Checking out Sina Weibo's official BlackBerry 10 app

38 Comments

That was the most interesting part of this article for me too.

Wants! We wants!

This is how you CB10, son!

Er... 95% of weibo's users are from china. that doesn't equate to asia. Cheers :)

3 BBs in 3 years. 9000 > 9900 > Q10. send from Q10

Yes! Also I strongly recommend that crackberry should get a Weibo official account, so that u can announce the news to Asia countries. :D

Posted via CB10

I use Wei xin and QQ, have a Weibo account, BlackBerry if you want to push BlackBerry in China, you better get on board.

Posted via CB10

I have Crackberry and Sina Weibo account. Please bridge those accounts~!
#IChooseBlackBerry10

Pretty damn censored. They are all over the "tweets" and remove everything they don't like.

Posted via BlackBerry Z10

millions chinese use that. you can simply get millions followers. Some celebrities got 20 mil followers

Posted via CB10

Sina weibo data right now:
Blackberry : 98,670 followers including me,
nokia : 1,488,088 followers,
apple : 2,186,629 followers,
Samsung : 1,354,625 followers,

Right now on Wiebo these companies have that many followers.

--Q10 and Canadian all the way! Posted via CB10 on 10.2.0.1443. #IChooseBlackBerry10

I've always thought that BlackBerry are making a huge mistake not pushing their phones in China a lot harder. They have a weird kind of prestige over here cause they are rare. They should be able to turn that into them being something of a status symbol the same way iPhones are at the moment. Just off the top of my head, it shouldn't be that hard to simply put up some adverts of Obama (who the Chinese love) using his BlackBerry and point out that he's not an iPhone user.