If you’ve ever wondered why your favorite WeChat features were created and others were purposefully left out, this is the podcast for you.
WeChat product managers, Stephen Wang and Dan Grover, both entrepreneurs by heart, discuss the values and philosophies the team use to makes product decisions every day and have led to WeChat’s 600 million monthly active users worldwide.
Hear how the founding product leaders took risks, betting on the rise of smartphone adoption even before iPhones made it to the China market. Wang and Grover also reveal key challenges and learnings the team has gathered over the years in an effort to reduce people’s stress through the platform. Listen to all this and more below.
If you or someone you know wants to join our team, building the WeChat Lifestyle for millions, we are hiring talented product managers. Click here to apply now: http://www.wechat.com/en/careers.html
Curious who the average WeChat user is and what their day looks like? We recently revealed new data giving an inside look at what the WeChat Lifestyle means for our users around the world.
An average of 570 million users log in to WeChat each day (September 2015). Additionally WeChat’s daily active users (users who interact with another account) has grown by 64 percent in a single year. Whether it be to purchase goods, track exercise activity, catch up on news or stay connected to friends, users are utilizing WeChat for so much more than just messaging.
WeChat users are not only young, but also social, with 60 percent of users between the ages of 15-29 years old and having an average of 128 friends in the app.
A Day in the Life of a Typical User
With the sophisticated features launched on Weixin, WeChat’s sister product in China, a typical day for a user looks like this.
During their day, they use key features of WeChat and Weixin to make their lives easier:
Read More New Data Revealed – What Does it Mean to Live the WeChat Lifestyle?
They say that laughter is the best medicine and we believe that cuteness can be too, so we’ve brought back the adorable pup for a second time around with the Bubble Pup 2 sticker pack. That’s right, your favorite puppy and his new sidekick are up to new tricks just for you.
Green Bubble Pup
Green Pup seems to always be getting the short-end of the stick. Although he is very alert and astute, he always falls for White Pup’s pranks. But even through all jokes, he still cheers her on, sending flowers when she’s down. He’s a true friend who is around in both good times and bad.
Read More Sticker Story – Bubble Pup is Back and Cuter Than Ever!
Last month, WeChat landed at Comic-Con Hyderabad where we announced the winners of the WeChat Sticker Challenge and celebrated ‘World Sticker Day’ in India.
“World Sticker Day is dedicated to the world of emoticons and stickers, which have become an integral part of our modern digital lives,”said Nilay Arora, Country Head and Vice President of WeChat India. “Stickers can now replace a thousand emotions without typing a single word.”
On the Ground at Comic-Con
At Comic-Con Hyderabad, over 10,000 people came to experience all the fun at the WeChat booth and posed for photos with popular life-sized local stickers: Nautanki Baba, Mona, Jabbar, Narad Muni & Bong babe.
The winners of the WeChat World Sticker Challenge were also announced after thousands of students across the country participated and submitted their creative designs.
And the Grand Prize Winner is….
Read More Celebrating WeChat India World Sticker Day at Comic-Con Hyderabad
Staying connected with all your friends just got easier with video calling – now for groups. With WeChat 6.3.5 for iOS, WeChatters can start a video call in a group chat with up to nine people or choose audio only for group voice calls. We’re also introducing Group Notices and new enhancements to the WeRun-WeChat Official Account fitness tracker.
Video & Voice Call for Groups
Talk face-to-face with up to nine friends all at once with FREE video calling now for groups. Simply choose to turn off “Video” for a group voice call.
- Within a group chat, click the + menu and select “Video Call.”
- Choose members to join.
Wait for friends to accept your invite and then start chatting.
Read More Available Now – WeChat 6.3.5 for iOS
On the second episode of “We Chat About WeChat,” our new podcast series, we talk with Dan Grover, product manager in charge of WeChat’s Mac app. Hear about his exciting journey joining the WeChat team from Silicon Valley and his take on the WeChat product philosophy.
More About Dan Grover
Dan is a WeChat product manager, entrepreneur and explorer. He has created multiple successful music apps and companies. After selling his music app startup to Steinway & Sons, he worked for other startups, and eventually joined the WeChat U.S. team in 2013 before moving to work with the core WeChat team in China in 2014. Dan also became known in the mobile industry when he published a widely noted article discussing Chinese mobile app trends.
Next week you’ll have a chance to meet more exciting members of the WeChat product team and hear their stories that make WeChat what it is today.
Get an inside look behind WeChat in our new podcast series, “We Chat About WeChat.” Through the series, you’ll be able to learn more about the app creators and the product design philosophy that makes WeChat one of the world’s most used social communications platforms.
In our first podcast, we talk with Stephen Wang, who manages the International Operations team and Data Analytics team for WeChat’s Core Product Group. Stephen was born and grew up in the United States and later moved to China in 2005. Prior to joining WeChat in 2013, Stephen was an entrepreneur of multiple Internet companies, most notably the co-founder and former head of popular film web site Rotten Tomatoes.
Learn how he grew to love creating Internet products and why he decided to join the WeChat team after over a decade in the tech startup space.
Be sure to stay tuned Thursday for our next podcast where we interview our very own Dan Grover, product manager of WeChat’s Mac app.
You’ve bought your new iPhone 6S or 6S Plus, what should you do next? Upgrade your WeChat of course! We’ve just added 3D Touch in our latest 6.2.7 update.
Introducing WeChat for Windows 1.5, now available for download on your PC. What’s new in the latest update?
1. Talk with your friends, family or those closest to you with free video calls
Read More Now Available – WeChat for Windows 1.5
As summer ends and a new school year begins, we asked WeChatters from around the world to submit their best travel Moments. Check out all the top entries and revisit the awesome places our users went to this summer!
Experiencing the wonder that is Carcassonne in Languedoc, France – Submitted by Jean Pol B.
Read More Top 8 Summer Travel Moments from WeChatters Around the World
We’re excited to share with you WeChat 6.2.5 for iOS. With this update, WeChatters can now create and save rich media messages under their “Favorites,” or send them to another conversation. The rich media message format allows WeChatters to combine texts, images, locations and audio messages all into one simple message.
Create and Save Rich Media Messages
Whether you’re working on a reminder or a message for someone special, it’s fast and easy to create and save rich media messages under your “Favorites.”
Read More Introducing WeChat 6.2.5 for iOS Featuring Favorited Rich Media Messages
Users are utilizing WeChat for more than just messaging and brands are using official accounts in new and different ways to make users’ lives easier every day.
We’ve scoured the globe and brought you a few examples of ways brands are helping users embrace the WeChat lifestyle and helping them make payments, shop online or talk about their favorite TV show all within one app – WeChat.
The LINQ Smart Room
By scanning a room-specific QR code, WeChatters were able to connect to the suite and control various aspects of the room remotely through their phones via WeChat.
Imagine walking into your hotel room after a big day out and being able to switch on the lights, open the blinds and curtains and play with the room temperature, all from the comfort of your couch or bed. This and more is possible at the LINQ Hotel connected suite where WeChatters can also control how devices interact with each other. For example, users can pre-program the “sleep” scenario on WeChat so that once selected, the room automatically switches off the lights, closes the blinds and curtains and locks the door.
Read More Embracing the WeChat Lifestyle
Are you looking to be more active in your day-to-day routine? To help you get there, we created the WeRun-WeChat official account, where you’ll be able to know exactly how many strides you have taken every day and see how you match up to your friends on WeChat who follow the official account.
With your permission, the WeRun-WeChat official account records the number of steps you take a day. You will also receive a daily message notifying how far you are to reaching your goal.
If friendly competition helps motivate you, you can see how you stack up on your daily leaderboard. No matter how you rank, you’ll be able like your friends’ steps, share your results to chats, and even publish them on Moments.
Read More Step Your Way to Fitness with WeRun
With over 600 million monthly active WeChatters around the world, we are always excited to hear how WeChat has created and strengthened connections among our users. Through our new series, WeStory, we plan to highlight a few of these standout stories.
This week, we feature Melisa and her boyfriend, Mickey – two lovebirds from Israel who are a living example of the modern fairytale, with WeChat as their fairy godmother.
It All Began With A Chat
Melisa first learned about WeChat and its robust features at a work meeting. For business reasons, she and her colleagues downloaded WeChat and began sending goofy selfies to each other.
Mickey, on the other hand, was more familiar with WeChat and used it as a way to communicate with the people he met while traveling and studying in China. When he returned to Israel, he often used the “People Nearby” feature to meet new friends and other Chinese speakers.
But one day as he activated this Discovery feature, there was a particular person who stood out among the others.
Read More WeStory – Love at First WeChat