As of this morning, Monday June 8th 9:00 am here in China, the great firewall of China is still up, since early last week twitter, YouTube (much earlier) and most of Live’s sites are still unavailable. I have been blogging via the email blog feature and it is working ok, no categories and some formatting issues but better then nothing. I have not been able to get to anything other then Live’s Home page, My Live, and hotmail. All other services, Profiles, Spaces, Groups, bing, and even RSS have been down and down consistantly. I have jumped on this page via my work VPN just to log a report.
I belive the issue with bing is its new, so China is unsure how its results will be returned and how it links and displays cached pages. Live was taken down, as well as twitter, to prevent coordination of memorials or gatherings for rememberance for the June 4th Tinannamen Square protests. China did not officially mention this nor have I been able to find a date they will allow these sites back open and accessible. YouTube has been down for a couple of months to prevent the 50th anniversary of the Lahsa, Tibet, uprising that was put down. The Chinese government fully censors the internet, some pluses (little to no spam, porn, gambling, etc.) but too many bad, no free voice, thoughts, ideas, to share and work out.
Live is a large service for Microsoft’s online presence. It is global and is growing. For some reason Facebook is still available as is Google search and Google News. It seems Microsoft’s decision to follow the Congress’ hearings conclusions has been remembered and repaid by shutting off access to many of thier social networking sites from all mainland Chinese auidances. I don’t know how businesses will traverse these politically and commercially laden minefields in the future. I hope they open the services up, because checking on stats and comments and notes on my profile don’t need to done on my company’s dime and VPN connection. Proxify, and other proxy servers are well known by the Chinese and are unavailable within 10 to 15 minutes from publication. I still have not been able to watch online TV due to location problems. This is becomming really painful for nothing more then living in a country that is parinoid of free thought and ideas.