With China “commemorat[ing] something that never happened with prolonged online moment of silence,” as someone cleverly put it, now’s a good time to get stocked up on as much Great Firewall scaling advice as possible. Just a few weeks ago, we detailed some ways to climb up outta heah for free.
Funnily enough, most of the complaints we’ve heard are of the tweeting variety. Apparently by taking Twitter away, the government’s made everyone especially mad as hell (and they’re not going to take it anymore). So, assuming you don’t want to go through the proxy steps we detailed, how can you still echo your thoughts 140 characters at a time?
- Everybody has F***B*** nowadays, right? Install the twitter app and hope that, since there’s only a day left before our reason for internet silence passes, the Chinese internet overlords won’t ban everyone’s favorite social networking site as well.
- Use iGoogle. It seems like Google has been left relatively unscathed from the megablock (unlike its rival Microsoft), so installing the TwitterGadget Widget on iGoogle (www.igoogle.com or google.com/ig) ought to get you through these twit-blocking days.
- Ping.fm allows you to update everything – Twitter, Friendfeed and Facebook – at once. While it doesn’t mean you’ll have access to blocked sites, at least you’ll be able to tell everyone who’s not behind the GFW what’s going on over here.
Or of course, you could just suck it up and pay for one of two very excellent VPN services. That way, when crap like this goes down again, you’ll barely even notice it.
Shanghaiist has been using Witopia for years for the pretty reasonable price of $39.99 (around 275RMB) for basic service per year. Meanwhile, newcomer Freedur has also impressed us and has a 30 day free trial. Yearly, it’s a little pricier at $62.99 (around 430RMB), but they offer a way for you to pay by the month, in case you want to suspend service when the government deems it okay for us to use Youtube, Flickr and everything else again. Our fingers are crossed.