At WeChat, our users’ privacy is top of mind in all aspects of product development. For our over 468M monthly active users, it is important to us they have the ability to control their own privacy and information shared when communicating on WeChat.
To ensure this, we have made the following product decisions to empower users:
No Message Read Confirmations
This is why we decided not to include message read confirmations because we believe the exact time you read a message in WeChat is your business and no one else’s – unless you make that decision yourself. Users can chat freely in WeChat knowing the other party will not see any timestamp or receive information about your messaging behavior other than the content of the conversation you choose to share.
Other WeChat privacy functionalities include:
- Keeping your mobile number private – While WeChat enables you to make free voice and video calls, we do not display your mobile phone number for others to see. After all, you wouldn’t give out your number to just anyone would you?
- Easily control who and when people can contact you – In the app, users can simply tap “Me”-> “Settings” -> “Privacy” to switch on “Friend Confirmation.” This feature requires other users to send an initial friend request before being able to chat with the other user. The Privacy tab also includes the ability to turn on or off the “Find Me” option, allowing the user to determine if he or she would like to be found by WeChat ID or mobile number.
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Alex Goldmark and his girlfriend, Liza Stark, had the ultimate WeChat experience – using only stickers to communicate for a whole month. Listen to their New Tech City story and how they used WeChat stickers for the journey.
Face it, Emoji is here to stay. Texting is visual, and images can enhance how we talk. But, will it also change the content of what we say to each other?
In this intimate episode, one couple banishes all written words from text messages for a month to see how it alters their emotional vocabulary. Along the way they are forced to create their own lexicon of imagery — oddly, not terribly unlike ancient Egyptians and Sumerians. Naturally, this 21st century couple hits a few comical communications mishaps as they build a visual language of two.
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We all love our friends and of course rewards. That’s why WeChat has combined the two for our latest Friends n Rewards campaign in India – Now back with a twist.
By simply making a video call, sending a voice message or sharing stickers, WeChat India users have an opportunity to earn up to Rs. 150 of free recharge. This is almost double the reward offered in the previous August promotion where users received Rs. 60 for sending stickers to friends.
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Ever sent a message and immediately thought “Uh oh”?
Yep, we have too. That’s why WeChat created Recall—the feature that allows you to take a sent message and *POOF* make it completely disappear. Here are some of life’s sticky situations that Recall can save you from.
Too Many Typos
When you’re typing too fast, hit send and realize your message is a mess—Recall.
For the times you send a message to the wrong person or the wrong group— Recall.
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Getting back into the back-to-school swing of things? WeChat helps you ace your school life—academically and socially—with all kinds of cool ways to capture, connect and collaborate both in and out of class. Here’s how:
Use your phone to take notes, snap a shot of the whiteboard, or record what you’re learning in class. Just tap “Me” > “Favorite Messages” > “+” > Choose Text, Audio or Image. When you’re finished, add a tag such as “History Notes” or “Club Meeting Minutes” to easily find later in your Favorites folder.
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Created by popular t-shirt designer, Chow Hon Lam, Sushi Sushi is now one of WeChat’s hottest new sticker packs. From his love of sushi, Lam originally designed the Sushi Sushi characters for his company, Flying Mouse 365. The dynamic duo became so popular that Lam decided to continue the sushi story in a new playground – WeChat’s Sticker Gallery.
“I like to give stories to things around us. A cup of tea, watermelon, even sushi. Just like us, I believe there is a different story behind everything,” said Lam. “I hope people enjoy the story and the characters.”
Here are the top five things you need to know about Sushi Sushi from the designer himself.
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Since the advent of smartphones, the quest for the perfect pic has changed. From the classic skinny-arm pose and oh-so obnoxious duck face, to the omnipresent #selfie and the mouth-watering albums of food porn, cell phone snapshots have become an art form unto themselves. So when you’re using the WeChat Moments feature, how can you take photos that capture moments in all their knee-slapping, tear-jerking glory? Here are our top tips for transforming your moments into masterpieces.
First Thing’s First: Snap a Mobile Masterpiece
Start by cleaning your phone’s camera lense. It sounds basic, but your lense attracts a lot of dust, dirt and smudges, so wiping it clean can be a great way to boost photo quality. Plus it gives your t-shirt another purpose in life.
Next is a secret from the pros called the “Rule of Thirds.” Just visualize a 3X3 grid over your screen, dividing it into nine equal parts. To masterfully compose a shot, make sure important elements are placed along these lines or at their intersection.
Also, try not to use your flash. Instead, find an alternate light source or try adjusting your camera’s brightness settings. Just don’t touch that lightning icon because no one looks attractive after a flash. NO ONE.
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