As is known, Chinese can’t have access to Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube unless they pay to buy a VPN. So what social media do they usually use for their social life? This article will introduce some very popular social media in China and you can easily make Chinese friends through them.
It is like Whatsapp, but with more functions. Besides chatting with friends, people can post their photos and status under a part called “moment”. Only friends can see your updates and they can comment or like your posts. Some enterprises also open their WeChat accounts to promote their products or services, but it is users themselves that choose to follow their accounts or not. In addition, people can buy things like movie tickets or transfer money to your friends on WeChat once you bind your bank account with your WeChat account.
Once there were a lot of Weibo platforms in China. After fierce competition, only Sina Weibo survives and now it becomes the biggest. Briefly speaking, it is a Chinese version of Twitter. Sometimes it plays a more important role than news website as it can spread news quicker and broader in China. But from my perspective, it is less popular compared to several years ago.
It was the most popular social media around five years ago. Most of the users are high school or university students. Basically, it is the same as Facebook. The only difference I can think of is that people can see who visits their homepages.
In a way, Youku is the first video website to become popular in China. I have heard that even some foreigners used it to watch videos. But to be honest, the market of video websites is still competitive, so it is hard to pick one and talk about it. My favourite one is called iQiyi because it has almost all the shows and dramas I like.
In my opinion, though Chinese can’t use Facebook, Twitter or Youtube, they still have their own social media to kill time. But I have to admit we have learnt a lot from Americans.