I honestly believe that Shanghai is the Chinese government’s testing grounds for internet filtering/blocking. The speed of the internet overall, as well as the number of sites blocked ranges so widely and changes so frequently that I’m not sure what other explanation there is. For the past few days, here in Shanghai a significantly higher number of sites were blocked than usual. Not my site, or del.icio.us, or Metafilter, but about half of the links I clicked on those last two sites wouldn’t work. My usual proxies didn’t work either.
Speaking of proxies not working, it seems that the number of China blogs hosted on Blogspot (AKA Blockspot) is increasing. I’ve got a bunch of China Blog List submissions waiting to be verified/added, but I can’t do that when even my proxies won’t work.
Why do so many choose Blogspot? There are so many options out there these days. I think if I were to have to choose a free blog service now I’d go with Blogsome. It uses the increasingly popular WordPress blogging platform, and it’s free and ad-free (except for a tiny text link in the footer).
Sidenote: I randomly came across these crazy China photos of an insanely tall man (as tall as the moon, you might say) posted on a Spanish Blogsome blog.