WeMeet (Weimi in Chinese) is Sina’s answer to WeChat. It’s developed by Hangzhou Kuyue Tech which Sina invested in.

It is what Charles Chao, CEO of Sina, referred to when being interviewed by Financial Times. According to him, the social app, allowing users to chat, subscribe to news and other forms of content, share pictures, etc., is focused on group messaging.

Users can import contacts from Sina Weibo and mobile address book.

There are dozens of interest-based public groups for users to join. Users also can set up private groups. Group chatting supports audio, text and location sharing.

A Snapchat-like feature is included that currently only supports pictures. Text and voice messages will be added later. Not only does it works with peer-to-peer messaging but also group chatting. Pictures shared in a group will disappear in 3 seconds after having been read and vanish from the group in 24 hours.

Group chatting (left) & Snapchat feature on WeMeet

Last week, China Telecom and Netease jointly launched their challenger to WeChat, EasyChat (Yixin in Chinese). EasyChat is different from WeChat that enables sending voice messages to mobiles and landlines.

In late 2011, when Chinese Internet companies, Xiaomi, Qihoo, Tencent, were busy competing in mobile voice messaging market, Sina also developed one, Weiyou.  The number of Weiyou users wasn’t disclosed. It’s not widely adopted in China.

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

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