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The day Ai Weiwei learned about Twitter

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By Chris Gill, see his website for more art

Artist and reformed journalist Chris Gill, known to Chinese art collectors as Li Yunfei (李云飞), is the man behind the Shanghai Eye website. He has published a recording of an interview with Ai Weiwei.

During the interview, Gill introduces Ai to Twitter, apparently for the first time. Ai is now China's most famous and probably most active Twitter user.

The interview was recorded on March 8, 2009 at 9am in Beijing. Ai joined Twitter on May 31, 2009.

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Chris and I were arguing about this last week as I thought I had this dubious honour.

The timing above explains things.
Chris was several weeks before me in mentioning Twitter first to AWW.

But when I saw him on 30th May, he appeared to have forgotten about it.

He complained that his blog on Sina had been closed down the previous day, which I duly reported.

I suggested he try Twitter. He joined the next day. Hence my mistaken belief that I was the first to mention it to him.

Sorry Chris!

no worries Jon, I think we both contributed to the phenomenon.Who else could we introduce? hmm
Chris

Read here about the 'canceled' party that Ai Weiwei held link. Art Radar was there! We ate some crab and took a couple of pictures!

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