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Sticker Story – Hey Good Thinking Stickers Are Genius!

WeChat-Einstein-Good-ThinkingThanks to the incredible and accessible information on the Internet, we know many of our users are geniuses (or at least pretty darn smart)! The downside is that being a genius takes a lot of work and can be tiring. That’s where our new Hey Good Thinking sticker set comes in.

 

While Albert Einstein, the character behind Hey Good Thinking, is known for his chops in math and physics, he’s also a shy guy who loves playing the violin and having fun! Whether it’s sipping drinks from a beaker or coming up with the next big theory, he knows the importance of maintaining a youthful spirit. But hey, it’s all relative, right?

 

Inspired by one of the world’s most powerful and genius minds, Hey Good Thinking stickers are now available to download in the WeChat sticker gallery, so you can work hard, think big and have fun all at the same time. So go ahead, take a study break with Albert Einstein so you can recharge and ace life!

GWI: WeChat Retains Crown as Top Messaging App

GlobalWebIndex, a market research company that conducts the world’s largest multi-market research study on online consumer behaviors and trends, covering 32 markets and representing 89% of the global internet audience, published the following blog post about 2014 mobile trends and how WeChat stacks up in the mobile messaging arena.  We are sharing for our readers, hope you enjoy! 

 

In the world of digital, 2014 has been the year of the mobile messaging app. From market to market, we’ve seen conversations migrating away from the big social networks and SMS/MMS services as more and more people carry out their conversations via dedicated mobile messaging tools. As a result, the numbers using mobile chat services have been seeing strong quarter-on-quarter increases – with the total global audience growing by 40% since the start of 2013.GWI Mobile Messaging NumbersThe reasons behind the explosion of mobile chat tools are pretty clear to see. Firstly, smartphones have quickly established themselves as an integral part of our daily routines and communication behaviors; globally, 80% of online adults now own a smartphone and three quarters say that they are regularly using the mobile internet. Secondly, and just as significantly, internet users value the fact the messaging apps are free (45%), quick/easy to use (41%), private (29%) and fun (27%). With people no longer wanting to share everything with everyone on social networks, mobile messaging apps have become the ideal place for both one-to-one and group conversations.

 

As this has been happening, we’ve witnessed a string of high-profile acquisitions as well as the launch of numerous new features and functionalities. But as we approach the midway point of the current decade, what does the mobile messaging landscape actually look like? With GlobalWebIndex’s data allowing all messaging apps to be tracked in a comparable away across 32 different countries, which service is in pole position?

 

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Sticker Story – Haunt Your Chats with The Orange Lantern and Halloweeny

Happy Halloween! In honor of this spook-tastic holiday, we’ve added two trickster sticker sets to make this Halloween the best one yet!

 

The Orange Lantern

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Never fear! Halloween’s biggest super hero is here. Introducing The Orange Lantern! This little hero is here to save all the trick-o-treaters from dastardly spooks and candy thieves so that every kid gets their sugar goodies for the night.

 

His source of power comes from chocolate candies like Kit Kats, Twix and Snickers. And his weakness? Healthy vegetables. Blech.

 

From fighting crime to passing out candy, The Orange Lantern will bring more tricks and treats to Halloween this year! And maybe, just maybe, you’ll find out who’s really underneath that pumpkin mask.

 

Halloweeny

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Who says Halloween characters have to be so frightening? Meet Winnie and Benjamin, the two best Halloween pals.
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Out Now: WeChat 6.0 for Android and iOS

We’re thrilled to introduce WeChat 6.0 for Android and iOS now available in your Google Play and App Store. This time, we’ve improved your chats by adding the Sight feature allowing you to post 6-second animated video clips directly in your chats or Moments. Now is your chance to show your friends how much of a rockstar you are.  But that’s not all. We’ve also improved the design, made it iOS 8 compatible (for our iOS users) and fixed some pesky bugs. So get on it and upgrade today!

 

New Feature: Sight

Sight messages are fast to record animated clips that run directly in your chats and Moments when connected to 3G or WIFI. There’s never been an easier way to show your friends what you’re up to on WeChat. Please note, the Sight feature is only accessible for those who have upgraded to WeChat 6.0, so get your friends onboard and let the fun begin!

 

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6 Reasons Text Capitalization is Important

With your phone’s autocorrect feature, your WeChat conversations can go one of two ways. One, you might avoid making silly tpyos (aka typos) when chatting with your friends. Or two, you might make an error that completely changes the meaning of the text. We’ve all been there, done that.

 

But did you know that capitalization matters too? Check out 6 words that have completely different meanings when you capitalize the first letter.

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Definitely not the same, but you might find a turkey roaming around in Turkey.

WeChat-Capitonym-Earth Without earth, we wouldn’t be able to survive on Earth. Yay for Earth and earth!

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WeChat Free Video Calling – For Those Times You Need it the Most

We are excited to introduce our latest “WeChat in Your Life” video, WeShine – the second in our series that highlights how WeChatters around the world can use the app to enhance their everyday lives. Whether it be to communicate their next foodie adventure or to overcome stage fright, these videos tell a few of the great stories behind why we create the features we do.

“We Shine” highlights WeChat’s Video Call feature, which allows users to instantly connect with each other face to face for free. In this spot, a young violinist is getting ready to take the stage for an important audition. Extreme close-ups reveal her nervously looking at the other hopeful musicians until she steps out to have an impromptu rehearsal with her teacher via video chat. This connection – and those last few words of encouragement — via the app help her regain her confidence and seize her moment on the stage.

 

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WeChat and LinkedIn Introduce New Integration – Making Business More Social

WeChat is thrilled to announce our new integration with LinkedIn to enhance mobile social networking for our users. As LinkedIn connects business professionals all over the world, WeChat provides a global communications platform to increase and deepen these connections.

 

In the new WeChat 5.4 update for Android, users can now manage their professional identity and relationships on both WeChat and LinkedIn – making it easier to build and sustain professional and social networks.

 

To increase your professional presence on WeChat and LinkedIn, just follow these four simple steps:

 

1. Link Your WeChat and LinkedIn Accounts

Bind your LinkedIn account with your WeChat account to see which of your LinkedIn contacts are also using WeChat. To do this, simply select “Add Contacts,” then “Mobile & Other Contacts.” From there, tap “Add LinkedIn Contacts” to add all your LinkedIn contacts on WeChat and start chatting. Once you do, it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with professional connections by dropping a simple sticker, text or creating a group chat with colleagues.

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GlobalWebIndex: WeChat Popularity Soars to New Heights Worldwide

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WeChat continues to show robust user base growth according to GlobalWebIndex (GWI). GlobalWebIndex, a market research company specializing in online consumer behavior unveils WeChat’s growing active user base increase of over 55% from Q2 2013 to Q2 2014.

 

“We are excited about WeChat’s breakthrough and look forward to witnessing its continued growth globally,” said Brett Petersen, Director of Research and Consulting at GlobalWebIndex.

 

GlobalWebIndex hosts the world’s largest multi-market research study on online consumer behaviors and trends, covering 32 markets and representing 89% of the global internet audience.

 

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Savor Life’s Best Moments with WeChat

We are thrilled to release “WeChow” today, the first of two “WeChat in Your Life” videos that highlight how WeChatters around the world can use the app to enhance their everyday lives. Whether it be to communicate their next foodie adventure or to overcome stage fright, these videos tell a few of the great stories behind why we create the features we do.

“WeChow” specifically showcases WeChat’s Moments feature, which empowers users to start conversations around images and share them with their close network of friends. The video centers around one man’s quest for the best bowl of ramen by following a noodle-obsessed guy who spends several days sampling bowl after bowl. He uses WeChat to bring his friends along for the journey, taking selfies and writing his reviews. In the end, he finds more than just the perfect bowl of ramen…but also THE ONE girl to start his next adventure.

 

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Bringing a 3D Animated Sticker to Life

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Stickers are the new black. They’re a great way to chat with family and friends and express any emotion with just one tap. But at WeChat, we’re not just creating average stickers. We’re taking your emoji fun to a whole new level.  How? With animated 3D stickers of course!

 

For the first WeChat animated 3D sticker pack, we teamed up with talented Hong Kong illustrator b.wing to create “Boy A.” Here’s a behind the scenes look at what it took to bring this lovable character to life in 3D.

 

Inspiration

b.wing knew she wanted to create 3D stickers that reflected emotions people experience in everyday life. So every time she felt a certain way in her own life, she would sketch her feelings on post-it notes, her notebook, or any piece of paper she could get her hands on. Each sketch was unique with distinctive facial expressions and characteristics. Once she had all her ideas together, the bunny costume wearing Boy A was born.

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Race Across the #WeChatWorld – On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

WeChat is bringing four beloved stickers to life in an epic 3D race around the world – #WeChatWorld Challenge. The race begins in vibrant Tokyo, then takes the characters across different cities in Asia, until it finally ends in the “fragrant harbor” – Hong Kong. The entire race is captured through a series of fun animated videos that will be released throughout the month. See how these delightful stickers best one another with their physical prowess, and intelligent scheming. The first leg of the race is now available to watch on Chatterbox today.

 

Which character do you think will finish first?

Read about each sticker below to root for your favorite!

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Vivienne Tam Designer Q&A – How to be the Next International Supermodel

Picture yourself walking the catwalk at New York Fashion Week in September with lights shining and photographers clicking pictures of you wearing the most coveted styles. For one lucky super girl, WeChat and world re-known fashion designer, Vivienne Tam, are turning this dream into a reality. Aspiring models can simply apply for this once-in-a-life-time opportunity by downloading WeChat and visiting the Next International Supermodel Contest site.

 

To launch the contest, we chatted with Vivienne about her world of high-fashion and what she’s looking for in the next “It” girl. Check out the interview below.

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