While we are not usually the types to let the cat out of the bag regarding which VPNs we use, which awesome sites remain unblocked, and other GFW related goodies (for the obvious reason that the more it’s advertised the more quickly it’ll get shut down), this cat has already been hauled out by another site and is screaming so loudly it’ll probably get noticed anyway. Update: Short lived indeed! We are sorry to disappoint you latecomers, but it appears the site has already been harmonized.
Via some magical force, an alternate server pulling from mobile.twitter.com is completely unblocked and unthrottled throughout mainland China as of 2pm today. The server was discovered at some point in the past, but earlier today was posted on Weibo (Chinese) for a short while before eventually being deleted (possibly for the reasons we mentioned above).
Go on, try it out for yourselves.
As you can see from the picture above, we’re not linking you to some Russian spam site or some knock-off posing as Twitter trying to steal your precious log-ins. The server issues a genuine bonafide Twitter server certificate via mobile.twitter.com.
Why does this server exist? Perhaps it was created to give foreign journalists in China quick, easy, reliable access to ensure Twitter stays relevant. Perhaps it was created as a hidden backdoor for a specific group of Chinese users or to try to lure Chinese users to the “hidden fruit” of sites blocked by the GFW. Or maybe Twitter is fighting its own fight against the GFW a la Google last year by refusing to go down to the Weibo monster without a fight.
Regardless of why, we’re just going to enjoy this unfettered access while it lasts.