Wechat Tips for Power Users

This was written by China Admissions CEO Rich Coward and originally posted on Linkedin, you can follow Rich on Linkedin here

Here are three quick tips I have for new or advanced users of what to help you get the most out of it and save time.

1) Clean Moments

One of the problems with Wechat is that as your users start to grow your moments start to fill up with pictures of apartments by agents, selfies or pictures of food. This can take a long time to go through allto get past even the last one or two hours.

Wechat currently has no filter for moments, unlike Facebook which posts the content it thinks you will be most interested in (or addicted to). Wechat just lists it in date order in your feed.

In order to solve this you can just go through your moments and “hide” posts from users who clog up your feed and leave with the people you are actually interested in and want to connect with. This can take a long time at first, but if you plan on using moments it you can save time in the long run.

You can also be done on Facebook. Or you can download the “News Feed Eradicator” which blocks your news feed completely. This can stop you from being distracted if you are working on Facebook ads, or using messenger.

2) Autocorrect

I’m sure you’ve had conversations where Autocorrect tries to change what you are saying or you have seen images of conversations where Autocorrect has gone wrong.

autocorrect

Actually Autocorrect can be incredibly useful for everyday use such as where you might be writing the same thing many times.

Some examples I find this for are:

  • Writing your address, or directions to you
  • Frequently asked questions

For example, in China you might need to give your address many times in Chinese, you can just save this address as “adr” and then it will automatically load your address. This can be really useful for the Kuaidi guy.

This is less of a Wechat issue, and more of a mobile issue. It works great on iPhone, and you can also do it on Android too. Just go into update your dictionary and replace the shortcut with your chosen phrase.

Another solution is to save text in your favourites and then copy this, but this takes quite a lot of time. You can also try text expander which does the same thing for multiple platforms.

 

3) Introductions

Networking (Guanxi) is so important in China, and giving introductions to people in your network is a very important part of that. Introductions between people of who can benefit each other is a great way to give back to others and it also strengthens your own network too.

introductions

There are generally two ways to give introductions on wechat. A lot people seem to forward the contact card of the person you are introducing.

The second and better way is to create a group with both people and @ them both, then they can just chat direct. The advantage is that there’s no need for the other person to add the other and wait, and no need to explain how you know that person.

I wish more people would do this because its much more efficient when you get introduced to someone and don’t know who they are.

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