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David Wertime

Fourteen Ways China’s Twitter Can Drive Reasonable People Crazy

“Mr. Ponder’s” online avatar. (Via Weibo)

An online wit who calls himself “Mr. Ponder” (@琢磨先生) on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter, is at it again. After capturing the world’s attention this summer by re-imagining Chinese literature for the micro-blogging age, Mr. Ponder, who in actuality appears to be a career coach named Guo Cheng, has just garnered immense attention from Web users by calling them, well, hot-headed and unreasonable.

According to Hong Kong University’s Weiboscope, an online tool that tracks re-tweeted images among influential Chinese Web users, Guo’s humorous but apparently heartfelt tweet was the most viral Weibo post of the last 24 hours. Tea Leaf Nation translates the best parts below:

How Weibo can slay [even] reasonable people

Original post:

The weather in Beijing today is not good.

Fan responses:

Fan #1: I wrote the weather wasn’t good yesterday, you’re plagiarizing!

Fan #2: On what basis are you saying Beijing’s weather isn’t good! Get out of Beijing!

Fan #3: The OP has run out of things to say. I’m going to un-follow you.

Fan #4: What is good, what is bad? What standard are you using?

Fan #5: Don’t be depressed, blogger, life is good. @BeijingPolice

Fan #6: Why the $&$^# are you posting this without a picture?

Fan #7: Got your heart broken? This isn’t a big deal.

Fan #8: Bad weather is not a matter for the authorities, why is the blogger discussing this?

Fan #9: Famous people are so bored, is this really worth a tweet?

Fan #10: Beijing’s always bad. Shanghai welcomes you!

Fan #11: So what. No one can control the weather.

Fan #12: Sorry to interrupt. If the weather if bad, buy yourself more followers [from us] and make yourself happy!

Fan #13: Today, our store on [e-commerce site] Taobao introduces a special on raincoats, please click here.

Fan #14: Can you make the weather better? If not, shut your mouth.

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David Wertime

David is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation. He first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2001 and has lived and worked in Fuling, Chongqing, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He is a ChinaFile fellow at the Asia Society and an associate fellow at the Truman National Security Project.