Monday, 18 January 2010

Most popular blogger in the world

Do you know who the most popular blogger in the world is?

No, not me (thanks for asking).

Not Paul Krugman, Dave Winer, Perez Hilton or Cory Doctorow. In fact, I had never heard of him, and I suspect most of my readers won't have either.

His name's Han Han and his blog in China has accumulated 306 million visits. Oh, and that's just one of his careers. He's also a racing driver. And he gets away with (literally) giving the finger to senior Communist Party officials.

This FT article has some further amazing facts about him. It seems that he is so popular the Party would find it difficult to close him down. In turn, he doesn't step too far out of line. But the whole story is very revealing of the evolving dynamic of speech in China.

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