The core function of We Chat is its messaging function: sending free messages to phone contacts that also use We Chat.In this sense, We Chat is very similar to Whatsapp, allowing users to transfer pictures, videos or speech, and enabling group chat.These might also entail popular animated ‘stickers’- moving images of cartoon characters, your own face or even gifs.
The video of about a minute, shared amongst China’s netizens, shows how a young man and a naked girl have sex inside one of Uniqlo’s fitting rooms. In this particular case, it is the questions that create the buzz.
In the background, you can hear people passing by and talking as the couple secretly records their sexual escapade through smartphone. Many people have been to Sanlitun The Village and might have visited Uniqlo – a place that is always crowded, with security on every corner.
It is known as somewhat ‘boring’, where people buy their white socks and Mickey Mouse T-shirts. Her name, her birthday, her address, her birthplace, her identity card number and her school are currently being shared amongst thousands of netizens. I sure hope she has a marketing strategy in mind on how to use the event to her advantage. About the author: Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of
Not exactly an inspiring environment for an erotic encounter. As the video and pictures became trending, the so-called ‘human flesh search’ (人肉搜索) came into action – with netizens acting as detectives to find out who people in the video are. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues.
We Chat has also incorporated some funny ‘easter eggs’ in its application.
When talking to friends and saying things like ‘happy birthday’, ‘I miss you’, or ‘xoxo’, the screen will fill itself with falling hearts, stars or smilies. One does not only connect through We Chat by matching one’s address book or adding them by them ‘ID’, but when meeting someone who you want to add to your We Chat, you can simply let them scan your own QR-code.Besides that, We Chat has a ‘look around’ function where one can (temporarily) allow its location to be public; this allows one to find people in the vicinity to interact with.Like Whatsapp, We Chat allows users to send each other emoticons. A message from my long-time Beijing friend Lily: “Manya, did you see this yet?” Three pictures of a naked girl and a man in a fitting room, recording a sex video via the big mirror in front of them. ”, I ask Lily, a bit cautious with what I click, just in case I get involved in one of.By now, there are over 400 million users, with Weixin’s influence going beyond 100 countries.