Tencent Weibo
Type of site
microblogging
Available inChinese, English
DissolvedSeptember 28, 2020; 3 years ago (2020-09-28)
OwnerTencent Holdings Ltd
URLt.qq.com
CommercialYes
LaunchedApril 1, 2010; 13 years ago (2010-04-01)
Current statusDefunct
Tencent Weibo
Simplified Chinese腾讯微博
Traditional Chinese騰訊微博

Tencent Weibo was a Chinese microblogging (weibo) website launched by Tencent in April 2010, and was shut down on September 28, 2020.[1] Users could broadcast a message including 140 Chinese characters at most through the web, SMS or smartphone.

Introduction

Tencent Weibo was a social network that connected all users together. It enhanced communication between friends. Users could share photos, videos and text with a 140-character limit. The reposting function of Tencent Weibo was similar to Twitter's "retweeting", which was replied in @ form. In comparison, Tencent Weibo encourages users to create new topics on their own. With the support of QQ, Tencent didn't intend to launch Tencent Weibo at a strategic level, but as a marketing tactic to curb competitors.

Some Chinese celebrities were Tencent Weibo users, including, Ma Huateng, Zhou Hongyi, Liu Xiang and Jet Li.

Features

Initially only QQ users could register Tencent Weibo account corresponding to their own QQ number. Weibo accounts were not automatically registered for QQ users, they needed to log into their Tencent Weibo page for registration. Email address could be used for registration (formerly only QQ email address were supported). Posts could be shortened into an url.cn domain name. Each user could follow up to 2,000 people. Through the QQ client (Windows Simplified Chinese version of the QQ2010 Beta 3 or later version), QQ Pinyin input method, computer, smartphone (iPhone, Android OS, S60, and KJava), SMS and MMS, users could broadcast microblogging messages. In addition, photos could be inserted in all form, except SMS. Also, users could add videos (Tencent Video) and songs (QQ Music).

Terms in Tencent Weibo as opposed to those in Twitter
Tencent
Weibo
Chinese 立即收听 收听 听众 广播 n条广播 转播 对话 名单
Translation Listen Listening Audience /
Listeners
Broadcast n broadcast Rebroadcast Talk List
English ver. Follow Following Follower(s) Post n post(s) Repost Reply List
Twitter Follow Following Follower(s) Tweet n tweet(s) Retweet Reply List

History

Early in 2007, Tencent launched a microblogging-like website Taotao.com. However, due to some operating problems, on January 26, 2010, Tencent announced to shut down and merge the website into the Qzone.[2] Later in March[when?], Qoocu.com (a blog focusing on products of Tencent) released some screenshots of the internal beta test of Tencent Weibo.[3] On April 1, Tencent began its public beta test, people with an invitation code might take part in the test. And on the same day, Tencent released its QQ2010 version Beta3, with the microblogging feature included.[4] In the second quarter of 2012 it had 469 million registered users.[5] On July 23, 2014, Tencent Inc announced that it will integrate its micro-blogging service's operation team into the company's news team, after media reported that it has dismissed its micro-blogging department and will stop upgrading its micro-blogging service.[6] In September 2020, Tencent shut down their Weibo.[7]

Developer platform

Tencent Weibo acted as an 'open' platform for developers and users to communicate and share data widely. After signing on, developers and users could use the open API to create an application. Through the application, they could obtain information or spread new information.

References

  1. ^ 腾讯微博团队 (September 4, 2020). "Tencent Weibo" (in Chinese). 腾讯微博. Archived from the original on September 5, 2020. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  2. ^ 新浪科技. "腾讯将关闭滔滔微型博客业务". Retrieved January 26, 2010.
  3. ^ TechWeb. "腾讯微博内测图曝光:将与QQ无缝集成". Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  4. ^ MyDrivers. "配合腾讯微博公测 QQ2010 Beta3试用版发布". Retrieved April 1, 2010.
  5. ^ Steven Millward (October 22, 2012). "China's Forgotten 3rd Twitter Clone Hits 260 Million Users". techinasia.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  6. ^ Liang Fei (July 24, 2014). "Tencent to reduce Weibo operations". Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Tencent finally kills microblogging service Tencent Weibo after years-long decline". September 7, 2020.