Social Media inc YouTube and more – Post Two

When looking at YouTube it is something that can make fame for user in the world where everyone is trying to get some form of fame. A fellow class mate Veeto Wang has uploaded a blog with the title called YouTube is amazing. As I was reading it, I find it very interesting how the Chinese government has limited/blocked this website due to the fact it cannot manage the content flowing on YouTube.

As we know YouTube in this country is something that we would go on when we are either bored or to upload videos but having a restriction makes this matter interesting. Trying to find information is very hard and you can’t exactly find the true reason behind it but as Veeto mentioned in his blog, “China is not a 100% national freedom of speech” This just shows it is not fair for the people of China. Looking further into this topic, I decided to look into this briefly and instantly come to a dead end because there is VERY little information on this website but many theories why.

“I tried to connect to my blog. The connection was abysmally slow, but it was infinitely better than the connections to Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, which were nonexistent. To my chagrin, I soon discovered that China has blocked access to all the social media sites.” [1]

It just shows not only YouTube is blocked but almost every social media sites are locked off too. The only way around this would be to use Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

“If I try to access Facebook.com, China sees that as an ip address like 69.63.184.142, and they don’t allow Internet traffic to get to that site. However, by setting up the VPN, when I type Facebook.com into my browser address field, I actually go to my cousin’s server back in Los Angeles first, and it redirects to Facebook, so China can’t see that I am trying to access a social network.” [1]

I have selected this section because just shows how impractical it can be to get full access to these social media websites and the extent you have to go through to get some form of access onto these social media websites. Furthermore, the amount of effort required just to set up a VPN so users can access social media websites without being traced is astonishing.

Reading more into this matter, I find an article on the internet hold the title “Social Media on the Rise in China” dated Jun 7 2012 saying with the government banning social media sites using filters through a so-called Great Firewall of China.

“In spite of the fact that Facebook has long been banned in the country, social media has taken over the Chinese way of life, where 95 percent of Internet users from major cities are regular users of social media.” [2]

It just shows how powerful social media is and not having access to it surely make the country want to use it more… here is a quote I found to back my point.

“And for a population that has very minimal access to popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, it’s not surprising that local alternatives would thrive.” [2]

Nevertheless, there are many different social media website that China have specifically for their country.

“China is the world’s biggest internet population, and will be the biggest e-commerce market by 2015. Social media plays a big part in how users interact and decide on online purchases.” [2]

The image above clearly states that China need to do something about this and not having access to social media websites that the whole world is essential. To me, China is stopping something that is massive and popular and with the amount of money it could generate it startling.

“For businesses, it’s not just social media access that’s important, but conversions. For online retailers and brands, China is the place to be. China will be the world’s biggest e-commerce market by 2015, with a projected RMB 18 trillion (US$ 2.83 trillion) spent in online purchases annually by 300 million online buyers.” [2]

This just says it all, it just shows the money behind all of this and what is remarkable because these are business men that ant the best for themselves and the county.

[1] – http://holeinthedonut.com/2010/09/06/internet-social-media-blocked-china/

[2] – http://www.cmswire.com/cms/customer-experience/social-media-on-the-rise-in-china-015967.php

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