Twitter is getting a step closer in breaking China; the micro-blogging company has opened a new office in Hong Kong, which is the first in the Greater China region.
On the mainland of China Twitter services are blocked, so what is the reason behind Twitter opening a new HK office?
Twitter executive Peter Greenberger will be the head of the new office in Hong Kong, and what this will do is allow Twitter to enter into the Chinese advertising revenue, and it doesn’t even matter if users on the mainland cannot see these ads.
It has been since 2009 Twitter was blocked in China, Facebook and Google’s YouTube were also part of China’s censors.
Companies such as Huawei Technologies and Xinhua both use Twitter services, and these are Chinese firms. With 288 million users worldwide, if Twitter can break China it will be immense with the amount of new users.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg learned Mandarin and actually used his skills answering questions not so long ago. He obviously wishes to improve relations with Beijing. But both Facebook and Twitter will be under a lot of pressure trying to battle with Sina Weibo.
Do you think Twitter can break China?