MIT BBS (Chinese: 未名空间; pinyin: Wèimíng Kōngjiān; lit. 'Unnamed Space') was a Chinese-language bulletin board system website. The name "Weiming" may also refer to the Weiming Lake at Peking University campus.[citation needed]

History edit

The forum was founded in 1997 by Chinese students studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under[citation needed]

In 2002, the Chinese government blocked access to the entire domain.[1] Some have speculated that the main reason was to prevent domestic users from accessing the uncensored political discussions on this forum.[citation needed]

In 2004, to circumvent the block in place in China, a self-censored branch[2] was opened to facilitate access by users in China.

Currently[when?] there were about 300 topic groups. The website claimed[where?] that it had hundreds of thousands of registered users, most of whom were Overseas Chinese,[citation needed] and 51% of their internet traffic was generated from within the US.[3]

In July 2022, MIT BBS ceased operations.[4] Other similar websites such as,,, and emerged.

Administration edit

After moving out of, it was then managed by a company located in Beijing, China.[5] Under the current administrator walklooktalk, in the last several years it saw accelerated commercialization, with more prominent space reserved for advertisers, as well as the creation of a spin-off website devoted to personal advertisement.[6]

References edit

  1. ^ Winstein, Keith J. "China Blocks MIT Web Addresses". The Tech. Archived from the original on 2022-10-02. Retrieved 2009-01-08.
  2. ^ "未名空间.中国". Archived from the original on 2006-02-21.
  3. ^ " Traffic Statistics". Archived from the original on 2022-04-19. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  4. ^ "25年中文论坛"未名空间"关闭 | Redian新闻". Redian新闻:北美华人新闻聚合 (in Chinese (China)). Archived from the original on 2022-10-02. Retrieved 2022-10-02.
  5. ^ "北京未名空间信息技术有限公司2016最新招聘信息 - 58企业名录". Archived from the original on 2015-12-22. Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  6. ^ "未名交友 (Unknown Space Friendship)". Archived from the original on 2022-06-26. Retrieved 2006-03-30.