The Truth About The New WeChat Service Charge

Matthew Brennan Tencent

A new WeChat service charge of 0.1% was announced for China users making withdrawals starting from March 1st 2016.  At the same time WeChat is cancelling its previous policy of charging 0.1% on cumulative monthly transfers above 20,000 yuan. The announcement has caused much confusion and debate. Below we explain: How this will affect you? & Why is WeChat doing this? New Service Charge …

Viral WeChat Webpage: ‘The Story Of Me & WeChat’

Matthew Brennan Case Studies

Yesterday evening (Jan 10th) a webpage entitled ‘The Story of Me and WeChat’ went viral across China (我和微信的故事). Later rumors started to appear that the viral WeChat webpage was in fact a virus which when opened would steal all the money from your phone’s Alipay account. Things got so bad that WeChat had to release a statement close to 11pm …

WeChat Life Report – October 2015

Matthew Brennan Infographics, Tencent

Yesterday (October 23rd) Tencent revealed a wide array of  WeChat statistical data and analysis previously unknown to the public. The presentation entitled “WeChat Life” was delivered at Tencent’s Global Partner’s Conference in Chongqing. Highlights include: For the first time ever Tencent revealed the number of average daily logged in user accounts (for September 2015) The differences in WeChat usage rates across Chinese …

Do You Know Who Invented WeChat?

Matthew Brennan Tencent

WeChat is popularly considered in China to be the vision of one man: Zhang Xiaolong 张小龙 (English name: Allen Zhang). Who is this man? The so called ‘father of WeChat’. How did he come to bring about one of the most innovative and all-encompassing apps in China (the world?). And why, despite being one of most important internet visionaries in …

Why WeChat Content Is Blocked on Baidu and Google

Matthew Brennan WeChat Tips

Have you ever tried searching for WeChat content on Google or Baidu? If you do, then get prepared to be disappointed, it’s all blocked. You won’t find anything. Let’s take a typical WeChat article as our example: Article from ‘People’s Republic of Teaching’ (WeChat ID: TeachingEnglishChina) Searching for the article title in Google and no results. Searching for that article on Baidu and …

WeChat Read: WeChat’s New eBook App – WeChat Essential Tips

Matthew Brennan WeChat Tips

In today’s WeChat Essential Tip, brought to you by China Channel, we will review ‘WeChat Read‘ (微信读书). A brand new eBook app launched on the 27th of August by Tencent (the parent company of WeChat). Below is Tencent founder Pony Ma’s moment post introducing ‘WeChat Read: ‘WeChat Read’ is designed to work seamlessly with WeChat, enabling you to do several things: Read eBooks in a …

Who Really Owns WeChat? – WeChat Essential Tips

Matthew Brennan WeChat Tips

In today’s ‘WeChat Essential Tip’, brought to you by China Channel, we will give you the lowdown on Tencent. Tencent is the company which created WeChat and is one of the largest Internet companies in the world. Today you will find out: Which African company owns 1/3 of WeChat? How did Tencent become so big? Which well known Western chat app is partly owned by …

WeChat Infographic: Key Statistics & Numbers – WeChat Essential Tips

Matthew Brennan WeChat Tips

In today’s WeChat Essential Tip, brought to you by China Channel, we bring you our WeChat infographic breakdown of all the key stats that you need to know about China’s number 1 App. Join us tomorrow for our next article from the China Channel ‘WeChat Essential Tips’ series. Follow us on WeChat by scanning the QR code to follow our official account. If you have requests …