WE CHAT … WE CHAT
We chat all day long, every day and in all countries. Texting is as commonplace a means of communication as speaking on the phone. We chat on all types of devices, mobile cell phones, smartphones and feature phones via voice over internet protocol -VOIP, internet, wi-fi enabled applications, 4g enabled devices, etc. We chat on all sorts of platforms, too. Facebook, SnapChat, Instagram, Twitter, Skype, WeChat, and a slew of worthy adversaries fill the chat space. We chat using sms – shortcode messaging and mms, texting and texting with pictures.
The majority of our chatting applications via text are inherent applications on our mobile devices, but there are a so many others and so very different ones in different countries.
WeChat is a Chinese application with millions of users. It has the ability in China to also be used by companies for their content, and for entrepeurs to charge entrance. The application is, however free to everyday users.
Opening an account is so simple and it is done effortlessly on your mobile device.
All you enter is your name, and you don’t need a cute little ID, if you don’t want one. The application automatically implements your mobile phone’s number and then if you want, the app will find others in your contacts who also have the WeChat application. You then ask them to “friend” you. And there you are, you are live, with the ability to chat with others.
One question is, why do I need another chat application. The main answer is that we usually only really use the one on our mobile device, but the follow-up question is, what if our mobile device is unable to receive a signal. An unusual thought, as we are conditioned that our mobile device is available everywhere, but that simply isn’t true. Some phones only work in certain countries, and not all rural countrysides, even the USA have a mobile connection; but most every country and place and destination, home and school have an internet or wi-fi connection; that’s where an application such as WeChat comes into play.
If you are travelling and are only using a “CDMA” phone, and you land in a “GSMA” country, you will definitely need a wi-fi chatting application to communicate. If you didn’t know that some mobile devices cannot connect in foreign countries, but are planning on travelling, you will need some basic knowledge in order to communicate with others.
The ability to text when your mobile service is out of range is extremely important as we have each become so dependent upon our communication devices, we are almost lost, panicked, and partially naked without our personal devices. Devices are just that, personal, and part of being personal is the ability to connect with whom we need or want to, when we need and want to.
WeChat, so popular in China and other Asian countries is a standalone platform. It allows you to message, take pictures, video chat, has its own games, group messaging, and the ability to read or discover information about a company you are “following”. It’s like facebook only it’s not as encumbered with menus x 10 and ads. It is simple and easy, straight to the point, and best of all it is a direct text, not like facebook where if you don’t set preferences, the entire world is privy to your timeline. It differs from skype because it has used your phone number rather than your cute avatar name, and skype doesn’t have games or the ability to follow a company who also has a WeChat account.
It’s rather and all-in-one highly simple, useful, easily navigated application specific for the mobile, although it does also work on the computer, but it is for the upwardly mobile, ready-everywhere crowd.
The mobile application WeChat is used in