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Seek for people nearby to chat using WeChat!

WeChat Logo

I believe most of you already been heard about what is WeChat.
Like a lot other smartphone social apps, WeChat is also another social networking app where rich with features.

Zouk

WeChat had recently hosted an event in Malaysia, at Zouk. The picture above is the group photo that day. But anyway, I will write more about this app detail and its features. And also, if you want to follow up with WeChat’s update, you can actually “Like” their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/wechatmalaysia so that you can get prompted with their latest updates.

WeChat is an app developed by a China company called TenCent Inc.(Not 50Cent, coz a company don’t sing).
This app was launched at January 2011 with the name “Weixin”, and had recently re-branded as WeChat in April 2012.
And for your information, Tencent Inc. is the company who developed the QQ instant messenger.

It support several smartphones, such as iPhone, Android phones, Nokia Symbian 60 phones, as well as Windows smartphones.

Ok, now I would like to talk more into its features.
Like every other smartphone users who uses their smartphone for social networking, I too have used tons of apps in my smartphone to communicate with people around me. Each of these apps have its own special features. And of course, WeChat do have some if its special features as well. Anyway, I am going to talk about most of its features, no matter it is their exclusive features or not, as I find them quite interesting to use.

WeChat Splash Screen
WeChat Splash Screen

WeChat App Info
WeChat App Info

1. Authentication:

WeChat Authentication

WeChat support normal authentication by using your WeChat ID/phone number, as well as using Facebook Connect to link your Facebook to your WeChat account and using it to directly login into your WeChat account.
So far, not every smartphone chat apps support Facebook connect authentication, and this, makes WeChat a more convenient app to use, since you only need to remember your Facebook login, if you are using the Facebook Connect to login into it.

2. Search Contacts/Social:

WeChat Search Contacts

As you can see, it does have similar way to search for contacts using the similar way as another app called LINE. But it does have another way to search for people, where LINE do not have.
Here is what these contacts search option which is listed in the picture at above:
a) Moments:
Moments
This is actually a feature similar with Instagram, except that it is only within the WeChat network only and it does not provide the feature for you to edit your picture to blur it up etc. In “Moments”, you can upload a picture inside your phone, or take a photo instantly and upload it to WeChat with a caption. Then when people who had added you saw it, they can post comments to the picture you uploaded

b) Add a Friend:
Inside Add a Friend
b1) Add by ID: Add a contact manually using their WeChat ID if you know their WeChat ID.
b2) Mobile Contacts: This will scan your contacts inside your phone book, and it will show you which of your contacts in your phone book is using WeChat, then gives you the option whether you want to add them or not.
b3) Facebook Friends: If you had linked your Facebook to your WeChat, it will scan your Facebook’s friend and see which of them are using WeChat and have Facebook linked to their WeChat account, and it will list up and show you the option to add then as your contact.
b4) QR Code: Use this to scan a QR code generated by your friend’s WeChat and add them directly by scanning it.

c) Look Around:
Look AroundLook Around 2Look Around 3Look Around 4
Look Around is actually a feature where it uses your GPS to locate your current position, and it will search around for other WeChat users nearby you and list them up for you to add them as your contact. And in the list, it will show you estimate how far is them from your current position. It will only work if you have enabled your GPS. If you disabled your GPS, it will prompt you to enable your GPS before trying to use this feature again.
By the way, you can also filter whether to search only males or females in the search result, like the picture as below.
Gender Filter


d) Drift Bottle:
Drift BottleDrift Bottle 2Drift Bottle 3Drift Bottle 4
This feature, is quite a unique feature of WeChat compare to the rest of the social networking apps. Sometimes, you see people write some notes, then stuff it into a bottle and throw it into the sea and let it drift around. This feature allow you to do it in the WeChat sea. And the bottles are able to be pick up by people easily! So try to not write something too personal into the note that you going to stuff it into the bottle. And remember, once you throw away the bottle, there is no way you can delete it, unless you are lucky enough to pick up your own bottle back!
When you opened a bottle that you picked up, you can either throw it back into the sea, reply to the owner of the note, or you can collect them, it is up to you. Usually I will throw it back into the sea.

e) Shake:
Shake
This feature is a feature that also available in LINE, where you and your friend enter into this mode, then you both shake your phone to add each other into contact list. And if not mistaken, GPS is required to be activated when you are using this feature.

f) Scan QR Code: This one is the same as the “QR Code” features in “Add a Friend”. It is just a shortcut to that only.
Since the QR Code scanning function was mentioned twice, then I think it is best to talk about it as well.
You can actually generate your WeChat QR Code for people to add you directly to their WeChat contact list, and you do not need additional apps to generate it. Just go to “Settings” and click the “Profile” to generate it just like the picture as below, then you can save it into your memory card and upload to your blog or anywhere you want for people to add you into their contact list easily.
ProfileQR Code

3. Chats:

WeChat Chat

There are several interesting features where you can use while chatting with your friends.

a) Text Messaging:
Txt Msg
This is something very standard for all social networking apps.

b) Voice Messaging:
Voice MessagingVoice Messaging 2
Other apps such as Whatsapp or LINE do have this feature as well, but I found that the audio file compression of WeChat is better, because when I send out the voice message, it uploaded very fast, compare to other apps.

c) Group Chat:
Group Chat
Some other standard features which have in most social networking apps.
As you can see from the picture, you just need to press the “+” icon to add someone else in your contact list to add them into the current chat.

d) Chat Plugins:
Chat PluginsChat Plugins Settings
WeChat also have features where most of those social networking apps have, which is emoticon, send images, video and so on. It also have what Whatsapp have, which is sending your GPS coordinate to your friend via WeChat. Besides that, you can also suggest another friend to the current friend who is chatting with you, as long as they are inside your contact list.
The 2nd picture at above is the screenshot inside “Settings” where you can enable or disable these plugins.


Pros And Cons (Review Summary)
Pros:
1. Rich with features, compare to other chat apps.
2. Able to search people nearby you, and chat with them before you meet them at somewhere near you.
3. Can pick up some unpredictable bottles via the “Drift Bottles” and read something really funny by some dumb people.
4. Can send voice message instead of typing text, while you are driving.
5. Able to send out your GPS coordinate to your friend and ask them to come and rescue you, if you are in trouble. (Just like what you can watch on the TV).
6. Have the option to let your contacts see only your WeChat ID only, not display your phone number. Or you can enable it to show your phone number to your contacts.
7. Can disable some of the features by disabling the plugins to reduce usage of your phone’s memory.
8. Available in most smartphones, enabling people who uses different brand of smartphones to be connected via WeChat.

Cons:
1. Very huge size installer, might be not suitable for low end smartphones which have very limited storing space.
2. Memory usage is quite high. Works well in high end smart phones, such as Galaxy S2, S3, HTC One, Motorola Razr, Atrix etc. But low end smartphones will become very laggy after running it for sometime without closing it.
3. Not much users in Malaysia is using it, but can find a lot people from China in it. But currently Malaysian users are growing rapidly, so this is not a big problem so far.
4. Constantly re-run itself in the background. Even after you have exit this app, or kill the process with task killer apps, it will still start it up back again after some time. This is also an issue for most apps we have nowadays, such as Facebook.
5. Unable to use “Fake GPS” to cheat your current location. It will still directly access to your GPS chip for retrieving your real position. Well, this can be a pros as well, as we can make sure people that we are chatting with, are really at where they are now.

So, if you are interested to install it into your smart phone and try it out, just search for it in your phone’s apps installer to install it, or you can install it via the links I provide at below.

Apple App StoreAndroid Google PlayNokia OVIWindows Phone

For Nokia Phones:
Symbian S60V3 Phones (With Keyboard)
Symbian S60V5 Phones (Touchscreen)

Disclaimer: The images I posted in this article is from my Android phone only. It might looks different in other smartphones, so if you see it looks different, don’t worry, it is still WeChat, with a different user interface only.

Comment System In My Blog

Comment

Several friends of mine, notably some blogger friend of mine, were complaining that they are unable to post their comment in my blog. When I asked them into detail, they told me that when they trying to post comment, this blog asked them to login, while they do not have an account in this blog. Some of them even tried to register for an account in this blog to post comments, but I had disabled the registration mechanism for this blog.

Actually, there is no error for the comment system of this blog. And the login screen they saw, are not from the authentication system of this blog. It is actually the authentication system of their own blog/website.

So why do they have to login to their own blog/website when they comment in my blog, since this blog is not a Blogspot blog? Here I will explain why.

This blog commenting system has OpenID integrated. If you did fill your website URL at the “website/OpenID” text area, the comment system will attempt to check and see if that URL have OpenID enabled for that domain name or not. If it found that OpenID is enabled for that domain name, it will require you to login and authenticate your OpenID by logging in to your blog/website in order for your OpenID system to allow you to authenticate your identity in this blog. If you had already logged in to your blog/website before posting the comment, you will only see the OpenID grant/deny page of your blog/website.

If you concern that your password will be intercepted, then I would tell you that you do not need to worry. OpenID itself is an authentication system which allow you to login to other websites without password. You only need to login to your own blog/website and you can use your domain name or URL to login to OpenID enabled websites without the need of registration and passwords.

And if you left the “website/OpenID” text area blank, you can still post the comment, but you will be considered as anonymous by the comment system and need to go through moderation process, although it will show your gravatar and your nickname. This also applies to domain name or URL which do not have OpenID enabled.

So why I implement this troublesome commenting system in my blog?
The answer is very simple. I want to make sure the person who posted the comment is not some impostors who using someone else’s identity to create conflict in my blog. As I am some how considered as a public enemy by quite a lot of people, since the day I started blogging, it is necessary for me to implement such kind of identification security to my blog.

Furthermore, it is too easy for using someone else’s identity to post a controversial comment if there is no identification security is implemented. You just need to know the person’s nickname and email, then you will be able to pretend as that person and use his/her gravatar in the comment.

iTalk Whoa! Party At Borneo Rain Forest

italk whoa logo

If you did read my post at 7th April, you will know that I am at Borneo Rain Forest, Sunway to attend the iTalk Whoa! launching party, as well as doing live blogging from there and published to Twitter, Identica, My Facebook Status, Garfield’s Shout, Vox etc via a centralized publishing platform.

I was arrived late that day. Anyway, not that I’m the only one who are late. I see a lot other bloggers also rushing into the event venue too.

The first thing I did there, was the same like what other bloggers did. Sign my name, and get the sticker and the headset that is given by the event organizer. Then find a place to sit down and relax. And of course, light up my cigarette and relax.

I see a lot of other bloggers is busy socializing around. That is not I wanted to do anyway, I don’t even know any of them, those who I know them online, I can’t even recognize their face. You know lah, pictures online is photoshoped like hell, and when at real life, the face is totally different, so how could I can recognize any of them? By the way, I am quite a shy guy shy macho guy anyway.

By the way, this is the event’s programs time table:


At sharp 8.30pm, the MC was inviting the VIPs to give speech and introduce about the TM iTalk Whoa!

The next, its the Media Session where the media are given opportunity to ask question about iTalk Whoa!
Of course, the “Media” is included bloggers as well, not only journalist.
I can see that a lot of people feel shy to ask questions. There is only a few person is asking question during the media session.

Myself, I do ask some questions as well.

After the media session has ended, the most entertaining part is started.
Bunkface is singing on the stage.
Among all the songs they sing, I like “Melalui Tingkap Aku” the most. You know which song I mean don’t you?

During Bunkface is singing, a lot of people take pictures.
There is so much flash lights flashing around the stage.
But hey, since this is a product launching as well, why not so much people is taking pictures during the media session? Why there is so much people cam whoring them self during the event, but not take those pictures that is more important for writing in their blog?
For me, during the media session, my camera battery was depleted and not yet change the battery on time for the media session.
But what about the others? A lot of these bloggers is not doing their job!(Not all of them didn’t do their job anyway…)

During the time Bunkface is performing, the vocalist got talk for a while.
He asked the audience if anyone did buy their 1st album or not.
No one answer, and the vocalist was so sad.
But someone who are standing behind me said “Download that whole album’s mp3 for free got lar”.
Luckily no one hear that, if not everyone will boo him. Although the fact is, everyone who are standing there also always do the same thing.
:)
During Bunkface is singing, there is also someone who are very crazy but heroic.
He shouted “I hate Josh Lim!” Although not much people hear that, but those people who hear that shocked by him.
You the man dude!
lol

After I took some pictures, of course, I am enjoying the foods while listen to the songs.
Free foods dude!

And here it is, the gift from the organizer.


It is now attached to my desktop, and my smaller headset is now inside my laptop beg already.