Weibo IPO a test of character(s)

China’s internet industry has huge growth potential but it is treacherous, as highlighted by the US listing prospectus from the country's version of Twitter.

What is the difference between Twitter and Weibo, two microblogging services from the US and China, respectively

In broad terms, one is a massively popular social media tool with near-global appeal that is rapidly defining a generation the other is comparatively unknown outside its home country.

A more timely response, though, is that Twitter launched an initial public offering of shares in November 2013 while Weibo is about to take that plunge.

Weibo on Friday filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for an IPO that could net the company US$500 million, becoming the latest internet group to tap public markets following...

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