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Q: Do any of you use WeChat to make friends with strangers?

Many Chinese people I know are crazy about this app and constantly chatting to complete strangers through the app. I haven't tried it but there's a lot of hype surrounding it. Is it just a Chinese thing or are foreigners using it too for social networking purposes?

7 years 2 weeks ago in  Web & Technology - China

 
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I use it for chatting with people I already know.  I definitely like it a lot better than QQ mobile or Whatsapp.  I'll get the random "add me" or "家我" every now and then.  Those get promptly blocked.

 

I do admit to using the "Look Around" feature, if nothing else just to see what's around.  Never initiated or replied to any "Look Around" requests, though.

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7 years 2 weeks ago
 
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Very useful. Far better than whatsapp.

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Governor

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I use it to chat with people i already know,and yes,it's quite useful.

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There is no stranger people than us on this forum

so why would you want to look for any more?wink

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My Gf asked me to use it so that she can follow me all the time and know what the hell am i doing...atleast a cop will always be a cop........but for friends i use qq and i don't like to meet strangers cause i might just meet a serial killer or a gangster or something that might just get me in serious trouble.

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our company use wechat to communicate....

I suppose you meant shake as well? never responded to anyone...I have a strong prejudice that strangers on wechat are sex oriented no

and yes...foreigners do use wechat social networking purposes...I have several foreigner friends on it

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7 years 1 week ago
 
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Governor

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Yes, I use it daily to talk to friends and colleagues. In fact, I convinced my sister (who is in the United States) to download it, and we use it to video chat every now and then.

 

I don't usually talk to strangers because as soon as people see that I'm a foreign girl, I get all these creepy guys who want to be "friends". But I have actually made 2 good friends through wechat.

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I use to speak with friends and...random people from the look around. It's really funny to know Chinese girls this way ^^

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I've used this for a few years now and always use the Look Around Feature to check out the local talent. haha

 

Quite cool but never used it as serious way of meeting girls, or have I ever met any one from using it. I'm traditional in the sense I believe the best way of meeting people is through physical interaction.

 

However, my colleague uses it and swears by it. He's always showing up on evening out with a new broad on his arm.

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I use it for my already-know friends as well as strangers. I always looking friends by looking around and adding strangers. My purpose is to get more and more friends and share something. I am not for sex or money. I made a lot friends by this way and some. it's very useful way to widen my social relationship.

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I use it to help me stay in touch with my guanxi friends and the kids families I teach, not to make friends, more of a business.

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6 years 4 weeks ago
 
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nope, I get my dose of crazy strangers on this site. 

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Yeah, I use it and have met some people through it. Most of the ones who respond to look around are there to get funky!

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Yep, I like this program

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