Tencent QQ, generally refferred to as QQ is probably the most popular free instant messaging program in China. Just in this year, the active users reached for total 812.3million, which made it the world’s largest online community. QQ now is not only a simple messaging IM but have probably as I seen the most powerful system out there, it integrated all the social networking or sharing features a system could have, perhaps made it too powerful, which you won’t even use all of it.
QQ was founded in 1998, but I did not actually used one until late 2007. But as soon as I start using it, I found that the connection circles you could have with other users are infinitely expanding. This is web interface of QQ, which provide video chat, mails, space(Qzone),online share music, online game with other users, group discussion, news and many many more! Now it operates on Android, iOS, Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. The international official site provide more detailed information. QQ made me feel like they have everything except their own version of operating system.
The most recent QQ2011 for iPhone definitely raise discussion online. Their system now provide with video chatting and audio messaging features which similar to TalkBox.
Some think that QQ’s concept lacks originality since they always tend to use what already been released in the market. But I don’t see this as a major problem because the final decision making really is decided by users. If they are good at “stealing” ideas and then put it on their program, plus the important thing is they have achieved a relatively good job in connecting people effectively and efficiently, then it is a successful social networking program. Since QQ is originally designed for Windows System, there are still a lot more features which Mac system cannot have, which is quite annoying sometimes, their system can be a bit buggy, but if you are used to it, it’s perfectly fine to use it.
Here is a list of Tencent QQ software product, they are all free.
- QQ number
- Qzone(like MSN live Space)
- QQ Mail
- QQ Group
- QQ Music
- QQ Game
- QQ downloader
- QQ Chinese input tool
- Search engine
- QQ battlefield, a platform for online Internet gamers
- QQ Doctors, detect virus, etc.
- Tencent web browser
- QQ image processing software
- QQ dictionary
- QQ Live- free online internet television
- QQ media player
- QQ 3D MMORG game
- QQ management software
- QQ pet – a online community game
- QQ Mobile
- QQ game center
- QQ Microblogging
- QQ for Mac, Linux, windows, Android, iphone, and web
- QQ membership service – may not be free if you want a higher level
Sorry for the long list, just wanna show how power they are 😀