Yeah, Facebook is still blocked in China, but there have been a few recent changes to the game. Just a few days ago, my site got majorly deranked in Google. While I was ranking #1 for the terms 'Unblock Facebook in China" and "access Facebook in China", Google decided that my site wasn't good enough for page 1. So what's the deal?
Point being, I've got to make updates to my blog to make sure that Google things I'm still alive.
Because apparently they think that some jackass answers from 2009 in Yahoo! Answers and Flyer Forums is more relevant that my super helpful information on the site.
Sure, it's a bit narcissistic, but what expats in China are going to devote thousands of hours to bringing an easy to understand, up to date, and helpful website to people trying to unblock Facebook in China?
Ok, so I make commissions of the sales, that's to be expected. Even sites like ChinaSMACK or LostLaoWai make money off of advertising – it's the way the game works.
But do they comment on which VPNs are blocked? No. They are news oriented.
Do they tell you the difference between VPNs and proxies? No. It's not on their agenda.
Do they make it easy to hide your IP address from The GFW? No. I do that.
So I'll continue to complain till Google gives my back my rankings.
Otherwise, expats and potential tourists in China are going to be stuck with retarded answers from Flyertalk (they really don't know what they're talking about there), and "access Facebook " proxies (that don't work BTW) are going to rank and give you false answer to the questions you're asking.
Ah, so if you're coming across this page, you've probably discovered that in the past couple days China's GFW has completely blocked the term "Facebook" from many search engines. Google is a given. Anything like "access Facebook" "unblock Facebook" or even just the word "Facebook" gets you a time-out message, and even after restarting Firefox, clearing your cookies and cache, and flushing your DNS, you're banned from Google search until China sees fit. It really is a "Time Out". Even Yahoo and Bing are acting up, and not giving all the results, or also timing out after several searches for the flagged keyword.
The silly thing is that you can search the term "Face Book" or even "Access Face Book in China" (Face_Book with a space). Does that make sense? No. So in the future, searches for the infamous social networking site will have to be shorted to FB or Face Book to get the latest news on how to unblock them – that is, unless you've got a web based proxy or a virtual private network connection. I've been over it a million times here before, so I'll just leave you to the side bar where you can check out different operating systems, smart phones, and compare prices and features.
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China's at it again. I just can't get on my Gmail account without using my VPN. Seriously, block it or not. I'm tired of this temptation to access my gmail in China without the VPN…. and I wait, and wait, and wait. Until the stupid thing tells me to load it in Basic HTML. I'm seriously thinking of switching to Yahoo one of these days. If only Gmail and Google weren't so damn cool. Anyone else having problems with Gmail in China?
I couldn't access Astrill today either. I don't know if this is a permanent or temporary thing.
July 2011 – You'll notice a lot of links that aren't working here on the site. It seems that in recent weeks, The Great Firewall has had some serious updates, and many of the VPNs featured/reviewed are blocked (at least the sites are). This may not be for the entire country, but at least here in Fujian, many have been blocked.
Securitales is a Web Based Service that is not blocked. A web based service is different from a VPN, but can also unblock sites in China. The advantage of a Web based service over a VPN is that you don't have to download anything onto your computer. It works on iPhone, iPad and other smart phones as well as laptop and desktop operating systems like Mac, Windows, and Linux.
The most important thing right now is that it's NOT BLOCKED.
Check out Securitales at www.securitales.com.
I don't know about you guys, but I can't access Gmail, or Google for that matter! I'm not going to say that the whole of China can't access Gmail, but I've got two internet access points here, one at the office, and one at home. Either both are on the fritz or China's at it again. I'm using Firefox at home, and anything I type into the Google search bar gets shot down with a "the server request is taking too long"..but this may be a problem with my personal computer – I've got more viruses than the average person. The school computer is generally virus free but I think they restored it from the 90's so that's nothing to get excited about either. Regardless, I'm SOOOOO glad that I have a vpn, because without it i'd have to start using Yahoo for searching.
That's the funny thing, is that I can't access my Gmail account, but Yahoo and Yahoo mail is not a problem. I started using it to search the other day, and didn't realize how slow Google actually was. Have you heard about "throttling"? It's where they limit bandwidth of an internet connection, in this case to make the site slow on purpose. China does this when they can't block a site completely, but want to discourage users from using the site. They used to do this with Wikipedia a few years ago, and they do this with Google and Google pages now. As a webmaster, I use things like Google Webmaster Tools and Google Analytics. All blocked in China. Or slow to the point of being useless.