It was about time I start making this post. (I sort of promised one of my friends I would do it for her sake, so here goes.) But this will be broken into chunks since there are lots to cover because of the ever-changing phase it has gone into these past months–if not more.
First, go to: http://t.sina.com.cn/
So you would see something like the above on your screen. Just a few things before we get started on the log-in and registration. I’ll start from left to right. But before I get going with the boxes, see the small icon in the form of the speaker horn? (I forgot what the exact term for it or so someone please help me BUT hope you got the point.) Anyway, that one is showing all the current hot topics people are discussing.
The words in the box above read: These people are using Weibo. This means that this box usually displays some random users on there so don’t be surprised if what is on your screen isn’t exactly like the image above.
Scroll down a bit and you see this box, which reads: Interesting people (or people who you might be interested in).
Now, back to the top, the one next over from the first box. This is the box telling you what everyone’s talking about as of recent. It constantly updates itself as you look at the page.
This is one is the box telling you the top 10 people with the most fans (or followers in Twitter terms).
Okay, back to the top aka top-right box. The most important box for the majority of the time. It’s the log-in box (the easiest to figure out). If you already created an account with a friend’s help or attempted to and succeeded, you could just log in by putting in your e-mail address (that you used to register) and your password. The box that is checked above is the one that would save your information for the next log-in. If you’re at a public computer, please make sure it’s unchecked. The words across from that box (the one to the right) is the one for Password Retrieval (if you have forgotten it). After you’re done putting in the log-in information, just click on the silver button to log-in. However, you could also log-in with your MSN e-mail address if you want. Just click on the words next to the MSN icon. If you do not have an account yet, click on the green button to create an account.
It should take you to this page. The words in red are just telling you that it would take 30 seconds to sign up and enjoy the leisure of fast communication, etc. Moving on, the boxes to the right are just telling you to log-in if you already have an account (by clicking on the silver button), Use MSN to log-in, and also if you have some sort of Sina accounts already, use it to log-in. Okay, back to the main section below the red words. The first box is to enter an e-mail address that you would like to use to log into Weibo. If you don’t have an e-mail address, click on the link to the right of the box, which will take you here and will help you create an e-mail account with Sina, etc. The link below the E-mail box is if you want to use your phone to post messages to Weibo. The second box is the password box so type in a password. The third box is confirming your password so type it again. For the last box, just type in whatever you see in that little color area you see to the right. If you can’t see clearly what it said, click on the link next over to give you a new code. After you’re done with everything, make sure the box is checked (that’s the usual user agreement) and click on the green button to create an account. If there are errors, it will tell you by displaying the usual red flag, etc. (If you run into these and are stuck for whatever reason, just post a comment below and I’ll try my best to help. You just have to copy and paste the error message for me to see.)
The next step? Check mail. There should be an e-mail from Sina (firstname.lastname@example.org) welcoming you to Weibo (titled: 欢迎加入新浪微博，一起分享新鲜事!). Check your Spam box if you don’t see it in the Inbox.
When you open it, it should look like something above. (Or if it has changed, I won’t know since I registered a while back.) But the basic information with telling you that your log-in is your e-mail and you have to click on the link to confirm your registration should be there. (I blocked out some information on purpose but you should see your e-mail and the full URL in the actual e-mail.) I don’t know if you would want to proceed from there but usually, after the confirmation, I would close out the page and go back to the main page to log-in again. (That’s just my habit.)
Anyway, I’ll stop here for now and continue next time for the whole navigation inside your own homepage, etc.
NOTE: All instructions and images were written and captured respectively by DTLCT
IF you have questions OR are confused in any way, please post a comment.