Wechat – what are people talking about?
click here WeChat (http://www.wechatapp.com) is a mobile social network available for iOS, Android and other major mobile platforms. Created by Tencent the parent company of QQ, WeChat has amassed over 100 million users since their debut in January 2011.
go At first glance, WeChat looks quite similar to Whatsapp or Google Talk. Beyond replacing traditional SMS, WeChat allows users to share a whole range of multimedia content including text, photos, video, location and contact information with others one-on-one or with a group.
Voice messaging, also called instant voice messaging or talk-to-text, is a popular feature among Chinese users that allows walkie-talkie like voice communication. Users can record and send a short audio clip to a contact who can then reply with their own audio clips. A BBC article suggests that the popularity of talking-to-text in China is likely a result of the cumbersome nature of Chinese input methods on mobile devices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-18255058).
To further differentiate themselves from the competition, WeChat has implemented several location-based social plug-ins focused on meeting new people nearby and around the globe.
Look Around – a feature that finds other WeChat users in your area that want to chat or meet-up.
Drift Bottle – put a message in a bottle and send it into the WeChat ether, somewhere in the world another WeChat user can find your message and can respond or can toss it back into the ether to be found by someone else.
Remote Shake – shake your phone when you are bored and WeChat will scour their network to find other users shaking their phone’s at the same time so you can strike up a conversation.
Communication has never been easier thanks to the internet and social media, but WeChat and others have continued to push boundaries. Our daily communications may be dominated by email, SMS and voicemail but Chinese netizens are experimenting with a much wider range of methods influenced by culture and technology and only time will tell which ones take hold.