BEIJING -- A blog site that only allows users to publish blogs and comments
using the writers' real names -- believed to be the first in China, was launched
here on Monday.
website, www.blshe.com, targets Chinese intellectuals and aims to become an
on-line platform of communication, social contacts and business, said the
founder Mao Xiaolin.
Chinese intellectuals are enthusiastic about social affairs and are willing
to express their opinions on the society, Ma said.
By establishing blogs on the site, they can add up their personal influence
and put their knowledge to use, he added.
One can only register on the website after being invited by the website,
being recommended by another user or through self-introduction with valid proof.
The website will check the work background and identity of every applicant.
By the end of 2006, the number of bloggers in China had reached 20.8 million,
of whom 3.15 million are active writers, according to the China Internet Survey
Report 2007 released earlier this month.
Blogging has become a new trend in Internet information communication, with
many public figures and ordinary people using their blogs to express their
However, blogs have also led to numerous disputes. In 2006, bloggers who have
infringed on people's privacy and libeled and slandered others alarmed the
government, which initiated a study on implementing real-name blogs.
China Internet Association Councilor Hu Qiheng said bloggers may have to
identify themselves when they register, but can continue to write their blogs
under a pseudonym.
China had 137 million people online by the end of last year, up by almost a
quarter from 2005, according to the China Internet Network Information Center
During the one-month test run of www.blshe.com, more than 2,000 people from
the academic, media, education and business circles as well as some freelances
have registered as users. None of them are using pseudonyms.