|Type of site||Bulletin Board Service|
|Available in||Chinese, Vietnamese，Japanese|
|Created by||Robin Li|
Baidu Tieba (Chinese: 百度贴吧; pinyin: bǎidù tiēbā; literally: "Baidu Paste Bar") is the largest Chinese communication platform provided by the Chinese search engine company, Baidu. It is an online community bound tightly with internet search services, one of the main business of Baidu. The website functions by having users search or create a bar (Forum) by typing a keyword, and if the bar has not been created before, it is then created upon the search.
Baidu Tieba was established on December 3, 2003. Here, bar means someplace on the internet like a forum providing place for users to do interactive Social net work site activities. As of 2010 there are more than two million bars, mostly created by fans, which cover popular stars, films, comics or books. Nearly three million posts have been published in these bars. According to Alexa Internet, the traffic of Baidu Paste Bar has taken up more than 10% of the total traffic of Baidu.
Earlier period before 2010, Baidu Tieba allowed anonymous posting which just shows ip address, but now it only allows posting by account, and anonymous posting is not allowed. Users can post with at most 1 picture and 1 video which is quoted from certain broadcast websites. Users cannot edit the published posts whether they have an account or not. But users can delete their own published posts and the comments from other users of their posts.
In Baidu Tieba, users cannot only publish a text post but also a post for voting. Every bar has its own 2GB video space for the member of this bar to upload. If a bar is in the top 500 of the official rank, it can have its own album.
On November 25, 2003, Baidu Tieba began internal testing and was established on December 3, 2003. It is a completely user-driven network service. The originality of the paste bar was from Yu Jun, Baidu's Chief Product Designer. At the time, the reason why established the paste bar was to combine with the search engine and built an online communication platform. It can makes people who have the same interest together, communicate and help each other expediently.
On February 25, 2005, Barzhu Bar was changed from an official platform to an unofficial one which was used for communication between the owners of different bars.
On April 15, 2009, Tieba Clud was integrated into Baidu Tieba
In 2012, Baidu Tieba has gone through a huge change in its interface and function. It changed from a simply reply-by-sequence user interface into a more complicated reply-in-same-floor one. And meanwhile, Baidu Tieba added more functions such as ranking, more expression pictures, enabling administrator to change background image of Tieba, etc.
Nowadays, baidu tieba has become a super popular comprehensive forum, with a large amount of active users posting their creative posts, replying each other, and doing interactive activities. Baidu Tieba provides users with forums of different topics. Generally, Baidu Tieba makes great contribution in social network sites.
Differences with formal BBS
In traditional BBS, the topics are usually broadly covered, which may contain a wide range of information. For example, in traditional BBS, 'Singer' can be a topic. However, in Tieba, the topics are actually very specific: a topic can be a pop star's name, an online game, and even your own name. Tieba is somewhere that people can show their ideas on a specific topic.
Traditional BBS attracts users by its high-quality posts. Users come to the BBS because they know someone they admire are using this BBS or some articles they want are posted in this BBS. It is high-quality posters and posts that make this BBS become larger and larger. However, Tieba's attraction is simply focus on the topic. Users come here because they want to share their ideas with others on this specific topic. In one word, traditional BSS's attraction is in its article, while Tieba's attraction is in its topic.
Any mature BBS forums will keep the user community in a stable status, and they can even form specific cultures. Users in any mature BBS would share same interests, reading habits for a relatively longer time. Tieba, in contrast， hold a more flexible user community, users may change their interests frequently. To satisfy this characteristic， people can easily "disinterest" from one topic.
4：Quality of posts
Posts in Formal BBS : high quality Posts in Tieba : high-quantity.
||The neutrality of this section is disputed. (June 2013)|
|Li Yi Bar||One of the most popular bars create many famous Network Glossary.||Membership:9980389|
|World of Warcraft Bar||One of the most popular bars which focus on Online Game Discussion||Membership:4808575|
|DNF Bar||One of the most popular bars which focus on DNF—A Korean Online Game.||Membership:2515650|
|LOL Bar||One of the most popular bars about online game：League of Legends.||Membership:3333385|
|Zhe Tian Bar||One of the most popular bars talking about a Chivalric fiction novel.||Membership:1791056|
Postbar is the internation version of Baidu Tieba. In order to expand its commercial domian, Currently Baidu Postbar has introduced to several countries list below :
However, it's still unknown whether Postbar will have further development in these countries. Actually, the Japanese version has already shut down in later 2011.
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