Even Santa Claus is on Sina Weibo

23 Dec 2011

A quick search on Sina’s Weibo today revealed that Santa Claus (圣诞老人) uses the service, and his identity has even been verified (that’s what the “V” stands for: 新浪认证, or “Sina Verified”).

Santa Claus (圣诞老人) on Sina Weibo

But actually, a little bit more reading reveals that the account is used for Christmas promotions by Sina itself:

> 新浪微博圣诞节活动

That account is actually a year old, though. There’s another one for 2011, based in Guangzhou rather than Beijing (??).

Hmmm, does this qualify as abuse of an identity verification system, at a time when Beijing is supposedly cracking down on accounts that aren’t clearly linked to real people? I’m sure Santa Claus is outraged.

Anyway, merry Christmas! 圣诞快乐!

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John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.

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  2. Sina should not be surprised when all they get is a lump of coal (and a sleigh full of money from those Santa endorsed promos) this Dec. 25th 🙂

  3. As long as Santa is not from Beijing – he can use the fake identity 🙂

  4. I don’t want to follow Santa on weibo, but are you on it?

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