Like many tech-savvy people in China, Kai-Fu Lee spent some time Friday tinkering with Google’s new feature, which allows users to see in advance which search terms might trigger a block from the mainland’s system of online censorship. Lee, who previously headed Google China before leaving in 2009 to start a Beijing-based venture-capital firm, did a search on himself. Google’s service indicated that his surname, written as 李 in Chinese, could cause a problem. Searching for it “may temporarily break your connection to Google,” the service warned. “This interruption is outside Google’s control.”

“This prompt is interesting!” Lee wrote on Sina Weibo, a Twitter-like microblog service, where he has 13.4 million followers. “You could add a line: ‘Suggest you consider a change of surname. Those you can search for include Zhang, Sun, Jiang …'” In a few short words, Lee captured the brilliance and futility of Google’s new feature…

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