Nowadays, online spaces become to a very fashionable way to connect each other and gether information. For example, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube in western country which are all blocked in China. Fortunately we have the similar websites Renren, Weibo and Youku which is funny they originally adapt the concept even the name from the western websites. But now, they play an essential role in Chinese daily life. In this essay, I am going to explain for kinds of websites I personal mainly experienced, gathering information, interactive with close friends and contact with families. They are: QQ, Renren, BBS and Tieba.
To begin with QQ is because QQ is the most common way to contact each other online in China.
QQ adapted from ICQ at the beginning, like an online beeper. In 90`s, QQ was a trendy thing and only used in young people group, however, as the online society developed fast in this 15 years in China, QQ has combined most of useful functions in MSN and Skype, and turned to a daily communication tool in China—-its users are almost included all ages and classes.
In general, I basically use QQ as a telephone, that means I only save my close friends and my families in my QQ friend list. I can talk with my friends or families by typing in a dialog box or just have a video call. I gather the main information here or at least it means a lot to me which are : is every one ok? Is somebody ill? Or to say happy birthday to a friend. QQ is a close group to me, or a “we” so to speak.
Renren is a Chinese social networking service that exists as the Chinese remake of Facebook.It has been called the Facebook of China, popular amongst college students (from Wikipedia). It has all the functions like a normal SNS, therefore, basically, users have to use their real name and personal information in this online network. But, regarding to reasons of Facebook`s blocking in China, we cannot talk more about policy and the government and some “sensitive topics”, therefore, Renren is too boring as a SNS, full of jabberwocky.
I only use Renren as a class book. I can get some news about my classmates even I already graduated from my high school and my college in China. As my expect, most of these news are “ I have got a new job”, “ I am married” or “I broke up with my girlfriend” and so on. I will send a congratulated message or some words of consolation.
（a Chinese military model BBS)
Like most BBS in this world, Chinese BBS are also built by some hobbyist which are enthusiastic in their own field, such as military model, comic, IT, or Digital equipment.
They usually do not know each other, but they talk to each other like very close friends because they have same taste. Most users in a BBS like to share their own experience, for example, in a geek BBS, members often share their experience about how to modify a computer and make it more powerful.
Topics in BBS mostly are very professional in a field, more technical, that means I can talk in a BBS more free because the topics are rarely related to political things. I can harvest most professional information and knowledge what I like with high quality. For example, when I want to spray paint a battleship model, I can ask for help from a military model BBS, then, some people with experience will give me a lot of useful advises like what kind of paint should I use or how to use a spray gun, etc. Also, I can help starters as well, like teach them how to use Cool Edit to remix a song in a music BBS.
（the logo of Tieba)
Tieba is a network community like BBS, but no so professional. People just chatter in it but without a same interest. People always fight to each other because they have different point of view and never ends. We only use Tieba to post some senseless words to vent or complain and rarely have real communication. I personally visit Tieba because I am interested to know what other people are thinking without let them knowing who I am. Like when iphone5 comes to the market I want to know what people react to it, I visit a Tieba about it and saw a lot of different views, I believe it will also help me with my design concept since I am a designer.
From above it is clearly I cannot live without internet, it is a place where all my information comes, and to others too I believe, internet had short the distance between me and the world, and will help me to achieve my dream in the future.