February 11, 2013

WeChat at Web Wednesday

(Happy Lunar New Year! May the Snake bring you luck!)

Join us as we slither smoothly into the Chinese Year of the Black Water Snake for our 67th social mixer on Wednesday 20th February, 2013.

Sign up and see who else is coming on Facebook.

[Over 40 people used Eventbrite for the last event, so we will continue to offer the option to register in advance via our Eventbrite page. Enjoy the ease of paying online, downloading the e-ticket into your iPhone's Passbook and expediting your check-in at the door].

We'll be talking about WeChat, China's fastest-growing messaging service, with Norman Tam, Head of the Hong Kong Office for Tencent, China's largest internet conglomerate.

We kick off at 6:30pm at Bisous, 9/F, LKP Tower, 33 Wyndham Street on Wednesday 20th February, 2013.

Download the WeChat app here and come "Shake" your booty and "Drift" a few bottles with us!

For more background on the evolution of WeChat (known as "微信“ in China), read "Why WeChat is a Chinese mobile game-changer for Tencent?", "Monetization and Overseas Quest" and "WeChat’s Quest to Become China’s First Global Internet Product".

Given the growing clout of Tencent, WeChat's publicly-listed parent company, you won't be surprised to learn that they recently invested US$63M in KakaoTalk, the Korean WeChat.

Even the New York Times has covered the miraculous growth of WeChat, which has just broken the 300 million user barrier, of which 100,000 signed up in the US in September 2011 alone (not a big figure but getting there!).

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