WeChat vs. Line

Aside from Viber, Whatsapp, and KakaoTalk, the other two communication apps that have been emerged here in the Philippines rapidly recently are the WeChat from China and the LINE from Japan. These two can make a function to send message easily instead of taking time to email or sms your friends. Using WeChat and LINE, you can also express yourself easily by using stickers and emoji, and send photos and voice messages with ease. 

Which app has been able to fill in the gap of mobile communication that has not been fulfilled by the other apps? Which is more fun and addictive? Which is much more easier to use? Which do you prefer to use?

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  Messaging app     Started since     Stronghold     User base  
WeChat January 2011 China 300 million
WhatsApp July 2009 Spain 200 million+
LINE June 2011 Japan 150 million
KakaoTalk March 2010 South Korea 90 million

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WeChat released on January 2011, a mobile text and hold-to-talk voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent (Tencent Holdings Limited) in China. It is available for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone and Symbian.

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User Review via play.google.com

 Tencent has been recently aggressively promoting their social messaging platform here in the Philippines. We could see advertisement through Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and even TV commercial with Iya Villania and Drew Arellano. WeChat is just another Facetime/WhatsApp alternative that doesn’t offer anything newPhotos can be taken and embellished with artistic filters. Chat with your friends or with people nearby. It is also provides a social networking platform that emphasizes user privacy. In Indonesia, WeChat downloads grow 30 times  after TV ad campaign.

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WeChat Now Has 190 Million Active Users, Close to Passing Whatsapp

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LINE is a Japanese based app (developed by NAVER) that allows you to make free calls and send free messages. Launched on June 23, 2011(a few months after the Tōhoku earthquake and the Fukushima disaster), another popular instant messaging application for smartphones and PCs today. Line users can send each other images, video, audio media messages and make free VoIP calls.

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User Review via play.google.com

Initially a mobile application for Android and iOS phones, it has since expanded to Windows Phone as well as desktop computers. A BlackBerry version was released in October 2012 and a Nokia Asha version in Asia March 2013. It has more than 170 million users worldwide and is used in over 231 countries. Ranked no. 1 in the free app category in 47 countries including Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Spain, China, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Russia, Macau, United Arab Emirates and more.

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#WhyILoveLine is trending in the Philippines and Worldwide last June 22, 2013

Other Differences

  • WeChat uses QR code to connect its mobile platform with the desktop platform. Users can scan the QR code generated by the browser at web.wechat.com to connect the mobile platform to the desktop platform. Whereas, for Line, you have to download their software and install it on your computer; the traditional way of integrating mobile and desktop.
  • One of the advantages of WeChat over Line is that you cannot do video calls with Line.
  • WeChat aims to cover all possible areas of communication with its platform.
  • When more and more people start using mobile smartphone with front camera, then possibly WeChat would be other’s preferred choice when it comes to video chatting.
  • Line by default, already provided a wide-ranging selection of emoticons to spice up our chatting experience and make it so much more fun, unlike WeChat that still lacking in the choices of emoticons.

These apps are free. If you’re interested, you can go ahead and download it or maybe both.

But for me, I just want use the app which is more popular among my contact list.

Reference: https://play.google.com

Twitter 201

Twitter is a microblogging site where you can post short messages or ‘tweets‘ of 140 characters. The tweets of your followees show up in a main feed right on Twitter’s main page, in chronological order. 

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It’s been 2 years since I joined Twitter and while I’m on twitter for the past 24 months I learned some interesting infos that are worth sharing for the newbies. Below are some of the unusual basic facts about Twitter and tweeting.

  • If your tweets start with “@username….” it won’t seen by many people. It only appears on the timeline that follows both you and the person you’re replying to (However, it can also be found in Twitter search, or if someone visits @username’s Twitter page directly)
  • If you are not following a protected account(tweeter) you won’t see their tweets even if they mention you.
  • If you start a tweet with the word “get”, your tweet will disappear.
  • You can follow someone by tweeting “follow username” or just “f [username without the @]“. 
  • If you want to favorite someone’s last tweet, type “Fav [username without the @]”
  • If you want to retweet someone’s last tweet, type “RT [username without the @]”
  • You can DM someone directly by tweeting “d @username <msg>”or  “dm @user <msg>”. Remember that you can only do this for those users who already follow you.
  • If you send someone a DM and they delete it, it disappears from your sent DMs as well as their received DMs box. If someone deletes their Twitter account (or it is suspended) all the DMs they sent to you will disappear as well.

I don’t know if you already know that and hope you’ll find it beyond the basic.

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