WEIBO WORTH MORE
China's Sina Weibo social media platform is now officially worth more than Twitter—the platform it copied. Weibo lands at around 11.35 billion USD while Twitter flits in at the slightly lower 11.34 billion USD. The fact that the Chinese internet authorities blocked Twitter access in 2009 has certainly been a boon to Weibo, but Twitter has been experiencing problems for quite awhile, including inability to add new users. The short story is that Weibo is on the up and Twitter is on the out; at its height, Twitter was worth 40 billion USD. While Weibo is safe from almost all international competitors due to the blocking of pretty much every international social media platform in China (except Linkedin, obviously), it's got its work cut out when it comes to Wechat—and its 800 million users, online shopping, and the ever-popular Wechat Wallet. Weibo could be coming to a peak, but its predecessor is definitely falling behind. – T.R.