芙蓉姐姐 (Sister Hibiscus) made waves on the Chinese internet in mid-2005 for posting photographs of herself posing semi-provocatively accompanied by narcissistic commentary. The caveat was that she was not particular attractive to say the least. The hype and press started within the BeiDa and TsingHua BBSs, where the original posts were, and spread to most of the major news sites, even…
The Chinese web’s take on the very American idea: try before you buy. By signing up, you get to try out free deals from other websites – there are limits though, on the number of free deals per period and a mandate for leaving your opinion afterwards.
Some guys were playing a game: to see who could modify their webpage so that their blog came out before the other in Google’s search when using Mao’s Little Red Book search words. Unfortunately they hit a problem! Certain keywords were blocked and their blogs didn’t come up on Google at all!