Tencent, the dominating instant-messaging service in China, rolls out QQ Chat for Facebook, a Web-based cross-platform chat tool developed on top of Facebook. Now Tencent’s QQ users can chat directly with friends on Facebook, and also reach their QQ or WeChat contacts within the application.

It’s free of charge from the Facebook App Center and comes with built-in live chat translations to Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Japanese.

As Facebook is inaccessible in mainland China, it’s, in fact, hard to imagine average QQ users, mainly Chinese, could manage to visit Facebook and use the application. Also, the chances that people living in mainland China who manage to visit Facebook would like to install such an application to reach QQ contacts cannot be big. Guess only overseas Chinese would love it? But they are a small group. If the app gets popular, would it be because that it is way better than Facebook’s, or because something like users all around the world can reach WeChat friends there?

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Tracey Xiang

Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at traceyxiang@gmail.com