Google starts blog for Chinese Internet users

Google China has started a blog to help Internet users understand what the company is all about.

Google has started a Chinese-language Web log, or blog, intended to give Internet users in China a better understanding of what the company is all about.

Blogs have increasingly become an important tool for companies to announce news and to keep in touch with partners and customers. Like other technology companies, Google has long been one of the leaders in this area with its main corporate blog (http://googleblog.blogspot.com), which has become a principal channel for company announcements.

The Google China blog, called Google Blackboard (http://www.googlechinablog.com), is intended to help communicate the company's products, technology and culture. However, the blog makes no mention of the censored search engine that Google has introduced in China or the uproar that move provoked among critics of the company in the U.S.

That subject, along with recent U.S. Congressional hearings on how U.S. Internet companies operate in China, have been addressed on the company's U.S. blog.

By comparison, Google Blackboard deals with less controversial topics, such as one post that detailed a new Google China employee's impressions of the company. Another post discussed how the company has changed the logo on its Web site to reflect the ongoing Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. That post also appeared on the company's blog in the U.S.

This is not the first time that Google has used blogs to get its message out to Chinese Internet users. Last year, the company set up a blog to address events that surrounded the hiring of Kai-Fu Lee, a former Microsoft executive once at the heart of a hiring dispute between Google and Microsoft.

To help make its case to Chinese users, Google began posting to a short-lived blog, called Google and Dr. Kai-Fu Lee (http://www.kaifuleegoogle.com), on Sept. 13, 2005. After several further postings regarding Lee, updates on the blog appeared to cease on Sept. 27, 2005.

After that date, the blog was silent until Dec. 23, 2005, when a brief post announced the settlement of the lawsuit between Google and Microsoft.

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