They can search for new friends through various mechanisms, from the random “shake,” which connects you with other users shaking their phone to make new friends, to the integration of your phone contacts with the We Chat platform.
We Chat’s popularity is not due solely to its design, but also to the reputation of its designer, Tencent, which is China’s most valuable Internet firm by market capitalization.
Who will win this year’s battle we have yet to see.
One thing is for sure, we can expect lots and lots of virtual lucky money and perhaps the occasional We Chat blurry naked picture!
Only, I discovered that she didn’t even have We Chat Wallet under “Me”!
After doing some research, I have concluded that this is a relatively common problem with foreigners who use a non-Chinese version of We Chat and don’t have it connected to a local number.
The Open ID is a unique encrypted We Chat ID for each user of an official account, and users can have separate Open IDs corresponding to different official accounts.
How the scam works is this: male students are approached on We Chat by what appear to be sexy female students; believing the person associated to a We Chat photo avatar is real, the men are engaged in friendly chatting, sometimes exchanging sexy pictures, and eventually the We Chat friend mentions that she dabbles in prostitution and will offer “services” for a fee.