China’s “Queen of microblog” Reaches Over 10 Million Followers

As of 9:41 pm Wednesday, Yao Chen, famous Chinese actress nicknamed “Queen of microblog”, had reached 10,000,720 fans on her Weibo (microblog in Chinese), a Twitter-like service operated by Chinese Internet portal Sina.

The figure is remarkably close to 12 million followers of Lady Gaga’s Twitter account.

Sina crowned Ms.Yao “Queen of microblog” in January, when her followers reached 5 million, surpassing Oprah Winfrey’s account on Twitter.

Yao Chen, 32 years old actress , became famous in 2006 for her performance in the acclaimed sitcom “My Own Swordsman” (武林外传). She also starred in the hit TV series “Stalking” (潜伏) released in 2008.

The number of micro-blogging service users in China experienced a boom in the first six months of the year with an increase of 208.9 percent to 195 million, according to the Information Center of China Internet Network in a report published earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the number of Internet users in China increased by 6.1 percent to 485 million by the end of June, according to the same report.