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Top 5 Social Networking Apps in China

What are the top five social media applications are you using right now? Facebook? Messenger? Whatsapp? Skype? Pinterest? That is not a difficult question for you absolutely. However, what about Chinese social media? What are the most popular social media in China? Have you ever been confused or irritated when a Chinese friend does not respond you on Facebook or Whatsapp in time? Do you think about why we usually get back to you after a long time on these popular social media in your country? In this article, I will explain top 5 popular social media in China to you in detailes.

1. Why Chinese Usually Need a Long time to Respond?

Worldwide popular social media sites or applications like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger, etc. are banned in China for some reasons. And we need to resort to VPN tools, most requiring payment, to enable us to access these websites or social media. Therefore, it brings lots of inconvenience and difficulty for Chinese people to use these banned sites and applications. That’s why we usually respond you after a long time like several hours and even one or two days.

2. What is the most Famous Social Networking Site in China?

Just like you tend to use Facebook and Whatsapp as daily platform to communicate with friends, there are also used-frequently social media applications in China. In this part, I will introduce top 5 China social media apps to you including what they are and what we can do with them.

  • QQ

QQ, also known as Tecent QQ, is an instant message software service developed by Chinese company Tecent. It is available on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac devices. Since its first launch in 1999, it has obtained more than 85 million monthly active users for the moment according to the official statistics in Q2 released by Tecent. Except for the basic message (text and voice chat) function, QQ also allows you to send files, remote control, purchase, play games, read novels and news, listen to music and even watch live show. You can get this app in Google Play, App Store, or Tecent official website.

  • Wechat

Wechat (Chinese: 微信), as one of Chinese social media apps, is a multi-purpose social media application software developed by Tecent which is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows and Mac devices. It was first released in 2011. And by now, it has possessed over 96 million monthly active users, much more than QQ. Compared with QQ, Wechat is more fascinating to the “olders” like 25 years old and above because of its simplified interface. Except for the basic chatting function, Wechat makes itself special with the “Shake” feature which allows users to find more people around them who are using wechat too. Wechat is a better choice if you want to get to know more friends. The last feature of Wechat you should never ignore is payment, and it will make your life much convenient.

  • Sina Weibo

Sina Weibo is a China social network (microblogging website), which is similar to Twitter. As of Q3 2017, Sina Weibo has over 376 million monthly active users, among which Chinese stars like singers, actors and actresses, comedian are using Sina weibo as well. Many fans choose this social media platform to follow what their idols are doing.

  • Momo

Momo (陌陌 in Chinese) is a China local location-based services instant massaging software for Android and iOS mobile devices. From my perspective, I think it is the pro version of Wechat’s “Shake” feature. With this application, you can find out any strangers around you who are using Momo as well, check their private information, talk to them and even meet them face to face and become frends.

  • Zhihu

Zhihu (知乎 in Chinese) is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by the community of its users. Its website, zhihu.com, was launched on January 26, 2011 and now with more than millions of active users. If you want to ask questions and get professional and quick answers in various topics, you can go to Zhihu.

Summarize in a sentence: If you want to keep in touch with Chinese friends or learn Chinese language with your Chinese friends with simply-used  software, I suggest you Wechat Tecent; if you want to meet new Chinese friends, I suggest you Momo; If you want to expose something or follow your fans, I suggest you Chinese social media Weibo; and if you would like to get expert knowledge, I advise you Zhihu. OK. I give my suggestions and the choice is on you.

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