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Chinese New Year propels Sina Weibo to microblogging speed record

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Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo has broken the record for the average number of messages sent in a single second. The service saw 32,312 messages a second sent at the turn of the Chinese New Year, breaking Twitter's record of 25,088 tweets per second.

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Sina Weibo, the Chinese alternative to Twitter that operates within the government's notorious firewall, has set a new record for microblogging speed. Today marks the first day of the Chinese year 4710, and users were ringing it in last night by sending an amazing 32,312 messages a second on average. This smashes Twitter's record of 25,088 tweets per second during a December screening of Laputa: Castle in the Sky on Japanese TV — and most of those were simply cries of "Balse!". Overall, 481,207 messages were sent on Sina Weibo during the first minute of the New Year, and the service sees use by over 100 million people every day.