WeChat has started to get some mometum in India too. The firmstars have been promoting in advertisements. But on ground everyone is still on WhatsApp. What I dont like about WhatsApp is anyone who has your cell number and has WhatsApp installed can contact you, eve make you part of their group whether you like it or not. And then you have to either keep viewing the messages or block the person. Too annoying sometimes. Now that facebook has acquired it, dont know whats happening at the backend.
When you sign up for WeChat, they want your mobile phone number. That means Tencent and perhaps the Chinse Government know your whereabouts and what you are communicating at any moment in time -- in the present or the past. No thanks.
Disagree. At least the last time I tried it a few months ago the registration insisted on entering the phone's mobile number, where a confirmation SMS was sent to. Even if this process has changed, there is still a link between the user, their position, and their activity.
I'm always surprised at how much of a seperate market China is, when we're talking about things that have no geographical connection. I recall seeing video sites that were popular in china, and we've seen the chat systems. you would think that if they got huge there, they'd be huge here as well.
I guess I understand HOW it happens, I'm just usually surprised that we dont' share things more.
Secondly, the Chinese government considers anything media-related (including magazines, movies, TV, and internet) as critical, and thus prohibits direct foreign involvement (any foreign involvement has to be through joint ventures, co-production, or such). If you want the gory details, search through the China Law Blog's archives.
WeChat has done a better integration job than Whatsapp, offering more services than simply just messaging. There has been more subscribers from China than from anywhere else. Yet, i believe WeChat has reached a tipping point that there will be more subscribers in the coming years. In addition, they have done a good job of staying neutral from government and investors.
Another popular messaging app is called LINE. I'm impressed in their additional services and the money making stickers.
Any social media is not for the faint hearted -- whether in the United States or in China -- when you are worried about privacy. I am not saying that the invasion of our privacy is good; but it seems to me that cats are out of the bag.