Perhaps you would prefer to send out or collect a ‘message in a bottle’.
And if that’s all too much, you can just play games. One-fifth of the world’s population is Chinese and mainland China has more than twice as many internet users as the US (674 million as compared with 281 million, according to 2015 statistics).
But already, one out of every four users of We Chat is non-Chinese, and the company has its sights set on world domination.
It has enlisted celebrities including Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi and Bollywood stars Varun Dhawan and Parineeti Chopra to promote it into European, South American, South Asian and other markets.
This is a story about friendship, technology, commerce, sex, silliness, surveillance, entrepreneurship and messages in bottles.
It is a story about ordinary people, including me, maybe even you, and definitely 19 others within a radius of one kilometre of the desk at home on which I am writing this. We Chat, weixin 微信 or ‘micro-letter’ in Chinese, boasts 650 million monthly active users (out of 1.1 billion registered accounts).
Not so long ago in China, it was de rigeur for the newly introduced to exchange name cards. I mainly use We Chat in my work with Chinese film directors and producers for whom I translate movie subtitles; pay for cabs when I’m in China; and keep in touch with Chinese and a growing number of other friends too. Check out the people nearby and send out an exploratory ‘hi’ (which they can answer, ignore or take as a reminder to fix their privacy settings).It's also pretty easy to turn off the location services on your device for this app, but if you don't turn off those sharing settings, people anywhere can instantly access any information -- such as your contacts and your photos -- that you've chosen to share.THE SOLUTION: 1/ Go to the “Contacts” tab 2/ Select the contact or friend you are interested in and click 3/ Click the person symbol on top-right of the screen 4/ On the profile, slide “Always on Top” from “Off” to “On” You are done!I once heard of someone called Gandalf and another called Cinderella.” works by asking the user to select the baby’s sex and pick five out of 12 default personality traits.Suggested names are printed on certificates, along with corresponding meanings and celebrity namesakes.
The 16-year-old girl from Gloucestershire has so far made £48,000 ($64,000) by helping Chinese parents name their babies through her website called “Special Name.” As of press time, the service has named 234,353 infants.