Those numbers, particularly the international ones, could potentially get a serious boost after the company signed up Argentinian football legend Lionel Messi for its latest campaign.
WeChat ambassadorship apparently means a bit more than just appearing on a TV commercial though. If you’re keen on getting videos, voice messages and photos from Messi, you can — by downloading WeChat and adding his official account ID: MessiOfficial.
WeChat is free and offers features including “Hold to Talk” (something which Chinese Telcos aren’t too pleased about), video chat, as well as image, video and music sharing. You can also choose to communicate one-on-one, or within closed social networks through the “Moments” feature.
While WeChat is the social messaging app everyone’s talking about, it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not just competing against Whatsapp for people’s attention, but also with Asian apps such NHN Japan’s Line and Korean-made KakaoTalk which have 120-million and over 70-million worldwide users respectively.