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Alternatives When You Cant Use Facebook In China
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Facebook is obviously one of the most popular websites in the world, but it is also blocked in China. For foreigners coming to China and discovering that Facebook is blocked here, it can be a surprise and a disappointment knowing that you're going to have to change your Internet surfing habits, or pay a fee for a VPN or proxy service to unblock sites on your computer or phone. Here are some alternatives for those that can't use Facebook in China.

If social networking is your thing, then there are some alternatives to using Facebook in China. I mean, you're in China, get involved! Ren Ren, QQ, and Weibo are all popular social networking, blogging, and instant messaging sites. They work similarly to Facebook. Though you won't be able to use Facebook in China to keep contact with friends on the outside, you surely can make some new ones in China (both foreign and Chinese), and keep in touch with them using these sites. After all, most of you Chinese friends won't have Facebook.

Gmail and Yahoo are coming along nicely as sort of "all encompassing" communication sites. Documents can be sent, VoIP calls can be made, there are ways to send instant messages, emails, and they've even got profiles you can fill out. You can put up pics and a whole lot more on these emails sites. Is there a big difference between these types of services and Facebook? In my opinion,not really.

However, some people just can't get over it, and they are still turning to virtual private networks or web based proxies to be able to use Facebook in China. By first connecting to one of these servers location outside China, your IP address will change, and you'll be able to use Facebook in China, along with pretty much any other blocked site here. Twitter, Blogspot, Youtube, and whatever else China deems "unhealthy" for the minds of its citizens will all be unblocked.

Using one of these services will cost you about 5-10 dollars a month, depending on the features and other stats. If you're looking just to use Facebook in China, pretty much anything will do. If you've got other requirements like large file transfers, data encryption, video streaming capabilities, server locations, or access to USA or UK restricted sites, you're going to have to look a bit deeper to find exactly what you're looking for.

What do I use? I use a web based proxy on my iPhone and a VPN on my laptop running Win XP.


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