10 things you don’t know about messaging app WeChat
October 27, 2014
With the rise of mobile apps in the Philippines, people are often mistaken that all of them are just the same. You think you know it all ….Video Calls. Stickers. Free SMS. You got it wrong. There are many features of WeChat that are not known to many. Here are the 10 things you don’t know about WeChat:
1.You can actually act like a SPY on WeChat
With their “Private Group” function, you can act like James Bond and tell your friend to just join the chat using your 4 digit password before they can get hold of your top secret. Without this password, you can’t join this private Group and they won’t know what’s the juicy secret they’ve been wanting to hear.
You can meet a new friend or even a boyfriend
By using “People Nearby”, you will get a chance to meet your next BFF or even your boyfriend to be. It has Tinder like features where it allows you to talk to people that are near your area. Who knows? Your prince charming might be a 100m away from you!
Their Stickers are moving and you can even create your own sticker.
All the other chat apps uses stickers that are static. With WeChat, they’re moving! Not just that, you can upload your own GIF, upload it on WeChat and have your own set of stickers. You can even make yourself a sticker of your own face and turn them into moving stickers. How cool is that!?
You can add up to 100 people on their Group Chats
While some of the other apps can only carry up to 40, WeChat can hold up to 100 people on the group chat where they can all send Photos, Name Card, use the Walking Talkie function, chat with each other and send animated stickers. Gather your whole high school batch on the group chat so you guys are all up do date with the gimiks , latest chikkas and upcoming reunions!
They have lots of promos such as Free load and Cinema Tickets.
Last month, they launched their free load promo where WeChat was giving away Php15 load to random WeChat PH users. This October, they gave away a total of 1,500 Cinema tickets worth Php200 each. Ha! Talk about too many freebies!
They were the first to launch “Hold To Talk”
Before, Whatsapp launched this feature. WeChat in China has already been using this service for a long time already. Why use hold to talk? When ya’ll ladies are in the nail salon and your nail polish is still wet, how on earth are you going to text your boyfriend to come pick you up already? Hold To Talk is the answer. It’s like a Walkie Talkie.
WeChat is created by the world renowned Internet giant, Tencent.
Tencent is considered to be one of the top five internet companies Firm in the World, and is on the same bar with only next to internet giants, Facebook and Google.
It’s a combination of all Social Networking sites and chat apps in the market.
WeChat is actually a messenger plus social network plus social media. It has Facebook like features (Moments & Official Account), Tinder (Friend Radar, Shake and People Nearby), Skype (High Resolution Video Calls, Whatsapp (Hold to Talk) to name a few. Why download all of these Social Networking Sites/ App where you can have one to do the job?
It’s available on desktop too and you can send files such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other big files.
Just log in to http://web.wechat.com , scan the QR code and you can now use the WeChat app in the comfort of your desktop. Whats more? You can even attach big files such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
With the new upgrade on their iOS, (WeChat 6.0) you can now shoot a quick 6-second video clip and share instantaneously with your friends through Moments or chats. Sharing all of the action with your friends has never been so quick, fun and entertaining.
Christian Melanie Lee is a freelance social media manager and web developer. She also devoted her time managing her food blog, and music/concert blog. One of the Hootsuite Ambassador for the Philippines since 2014 and currently working as social media manager for the local band, The Itchyworms.
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