WeChat (Part 1/2): A Not So Brief History


WeChat (Wēixìn/微信), developed by the Chinese internet giant, Tencent, is a SuperApp with origins as a messaging app. Today, WeChat contains messaging, social features, payments, travel booking, virtual doctors, and so much more.

WeChat is one of the most used applications in the world. WeChat has more than 1 billion daily active users, putting it into the highest tier of social apps. For a social app, WeChat’s active user count is only surpassed by Facebook.com, WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, and YouTube.